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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

Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Romance Novels, Holiday Celebrations

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

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The Medical Romance Team brings you a sneak peek… at Christmas in July!

It’s the height of summer (or so we’re told…it’s not always obvious, as our office’s view of London alternates between sunshine and storms!) but the Medical Romance team still just couldn’t wait to bring you this sneak peek at one of our most exciting projects of the year. We always have a huge amount of fun when we plan out a Christmas continuity, and this quartet was one of our all-time favourites, so we’re thrilled to share it with you!

What is a continuity, we hear you ask?

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 get to brainstorm between four and eight romances for these…so naturally they’re a highlight of our year!

So, what are the ingredients to a Christmas continuity?

Well, for those of you who are wondering why the editors plan out the stories in a miniseries, the answer is that this way we can create a unified concept and timeline, allowing four unique romances to interweave and interact in one fabulous location—in this case, we couldn’t resist the cosiness and charm of Teddy’s Centre for Babies and Birth! By working out a timeline before the authors begin writing, we could even decide in which story the snowflakes begin to fall…

Next, we bring together the talents of four different amazing authors and let them loose on their individual stories! The character concepts and themes are already in place, but it’s the authors who work their magic to turn these outlines into thrilling, heart-racing love stories with the medical drama we all adore! Often continuity authors collaborate on a dedicated email thread to decide how their own hero and heroine will make a guest appearance in another author’s book, too.

And of course, when the team gets the thrill of reading the quartet finally brought to life, we also get the chance to come up with incredibly Christmassy and heartwarming titles (our favourite kind)!

Here’s your sneak peek – enjoy!

It’s hard to believe that only last July we sat and enjoyed a mince pie (or two) while brainstorming the heroes and heroines behind this festive four-book treat, and now that it’s 2016 we can’t contain our excitement that the wonderful Christmas Miracles in Maternity miniseries will be hitting shelves in November!

To get you in the mood for cuddles, children and Christmas, here’s a sneak peek at what you can look forwards to this festive season…

Christmas Miracles in Maternity

Hope, magic and precious new beginnings at Teddy’s!

Welcome to Teddy’s Centre for Babies and Birth, where the brightest stars of neo natal and obstetric medicine work tirelessly to save tiny lives and deliver bundles of joy all year round—but there’s never a time quite as magical as Christmas!

And though the temperature may be dropping outside, unexpected surprises are heating up for these dedicated pros! And as Christmas Day draws near secrets are revealed, hope is ignited and love takes over.

Cuddle up this Christmas with the heart-warming stories of the doctors, nurses, midwives and surgeons at Teddy’s in the Christmas Miracles in Maternity miniseries:

Available November 2016:

The Nurse’s Christmas Gift
by Tina Beckett

The Midwife’s Pregnancy Miracle
by Kate Hardy

Available December 2016:

White Christmas for the Single Mum
by Susanne Hampton

A Royal Baby for Christmas
by Scarlet Wilson

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Fall in Love with Medical Romance this Summer!

After a week of beautiful days filled with sunshine here in London there is only one thing on the minds of the Medical Romance team—summer holidays! From sandy beaches in exotic locations to city breaks in bustling capitals east and west to cosy country getaways here on the British Isles there’s been no end of discussion about how to make the most of the long days, warm nights and bright promise the summer season brings.

So, what is your trusty Medical Romance Editorial Team up to this summer?

Laura:

Though I’ve just returned from a week in Paris with a sojourn to the Loire Valley to go chateau-hopping (because why not?!) I’m already busy planning my next great adventure…to California for the RWA conference! It’s my first visit to the west coast and so I’m planning to make the most of it and will be enjoying the conference—and the opportunity to visit with some of my North American authors. Yay!—before heading off on a two-week road-trip up the Pacific Coast Highway. The wind in the hair, the sun on my skin—I can already feel the sense of total bliss!

Laura in the Loire Valley
Laura in the Loire Valley
Laura Outside the Louvre
Laura outside The Louvre

Sheila:

I’ve also just been to France—it’s on our doorstep and yet a world away. It’s a place where many of our Medical readers live, French ladies just love our authors’ romances and so I feel completely at home! In May good weather is never guaranteed, so we simply drove south until we hit some sunshine and found ourselves amidst the old world charm of Bordeaux and the delights of the Dordogne. What a place to feast on natural beauty and bounty – of course we had to visit the wine route! This summer I’m looking forward to the Romance Writers of America Conference, with the lovely Laura and some other colleagues, and catching up with both authors and readers around the world. Beyond that, well who knows, the Mediterranean is too good to miss in the summer, and my mind always turns to those gorgeous Italian doctor heroes that our authors write about – so Italy is next on my hit list!

Sheila’s French Getaway
Sheila’s French Getaway
Sheila’s French Getaway

Tilda:

 My first trip of the summer may not get me any stamps on my passport (or a tan, if that were even possible), but it is getting me excited for what lies ahead! First I’m heading to Somerset for the hilly countryside and hopefully some lazing in a hot tub (even if it’s raining). But the main event of my summer is a week in Cyprus, the sunny isle whose name I’ve only just learned to spell…and I couldn’t be more excited about my first holiday there! Naturally my bikini is already purchased, but I’ll still be torn between decadent days in the pool and trying to watch as much of the Olympics as humanly possible…

 

London in the Sunshine
London in the sunshine

There’s no doubt that all this jet-setting is going to be brilliant inspiration—the possibilities for where we’ll set our next miniseries are endless! And, of course, we aren’t the only ones who are getting that itch to travel! Our Medical Romance authors will also be on the move which means we get the pleasure of seeing some of them here in London. In fact, we’ve already welcomed both Amy Andrews and Fiona McArthur to Romance HQ when they’ve been in town visiting from Australia! And there’s no doubt we’re looking forward to gathering with our authors at RWA in San Diego and meeting hopeful Medical authors too 🙂

Flowers in St James's Park London
Flowers in St James’s Park, London

Tokyo, South America, Africa, Australia, New York, London, New Zealand….the list of amazing settings in Medical Romance goes on and on! And even if you aren’t going away you know you can still be whisked away to exotic worlds because there are six entirely different gripping Medical Romances set in diverse, enticing cities and locales around the globe out every month! So whether you are lying on a beach or lounging in the garden, let our authors whisk you away to somewhere wonderful with a hot doc!

So, now that you know our plans we’re dying to know where this summer will find you and your favourite Medical Romance. Let us know in the comments below!

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Behind the Scenes with the Harlequin Medical Romance Team!

Hi Medical Romance readers! I’m Tilda, the Editorial Assistant for the Harlequin/Mills & Boon Medical Romance team. This is my first post for Love is the Best Medicine and I’m excited to give you all a whirlwind tour behind the scenes with the Medical Romance editorial team! I hope it gives you an interesting insight into our role in helping bring the authors’ wonderful work to you all. And if you have any questions for me, please just ask.

Laura McCallen, Sheila Hodgson and Tilda McDonald—the Medical Romance team

As you all know, our wonderful authors are the beating heart of Medical Romance. The editors eagerly await the magical moment when any of their authors’ brand new manuscripts arrive! But what happens to a story then, to take the book from first draft all the way to the reader? Read on for a special sneak peek behind the scenes with the Medical Romance editorial team…

9 am—Emails and Tea!

After a speedy trip to the kitchen for a mug of tea, the first thing on a Medical Romance editor’s mind is their inbox, to sort out the day ahead. The calendar is usually packed full, but what we’re really hoping for is a lovely new manuscript waiting for us to read!

10 am—Covers

We kick off today’s meetings with an art briefing. This is the Medical Romance team’s chance to see the beautiful selection of covers the art department have pulled together for the month, and decide how best to package each book! Then it’s on to the next month, when we brief the art team on the new books. Here we think about a variety of elements—sensuality levels, themes, the season, poses that best reflect the title and (of course!) what the hero and heroine look like. Every story is unique, and we want a cover that reflects what makes each book so special!

11 am—Reading

If there’s a manuscript waiting, this is when we find a corner to curl up in and start to read. While reading, we keep in mind how to help the author polish the first draft into the final gem, to make the most of every story’s potential!

March 2016 Covers

The March 2016 Medical Romance line-up—look at those lovely covers!

1 pm—Titling

This is a highlight of our day—the whole team gets to know the month’s books, and brainstorms the best possible titles. We look for diversity in each line-up and have fun challenging ourselves here. Sometimes our suggestions get a little off-the-wall but we try and share even the craziest ones as there’s no knowing what will strike inspiration in someone else on the team.

2 pm—Prelims

In case you’re wondering, ‘prelims’ are the preliminary materials in each book (author notes, dedications, concept pages, extracts, praise…and, though not part of the prelims, we also look at the back cover copy at this point, so that we have a full view of how everything is tying in together). Each book’s editor sends us their prelims and back cover copy, and the team meets to look at each in turn. As with the images, every blurb should be unique and reflect everything that’s exciting about the book, and tie in with the title, image and extract! Some stories can be harder than others to capture in such a small number of words, but we won’t quit until each blurb is perfect.

3 pm—Letters and Line-edits

With our meetings finished, the team scatters to finish off manuscripts, and start writing back to the author. We can’t wait to tell them everything we loved about their book, and any suggestions we have to make it even more brilliant! Sometimes we follow up with a phone call (but this is often just an excuse for a chat!) If we have a final draft of a manuscript, we’ll use this time to do a line-by-line edit to ensure that every sentence sparkles, being careful not to change the author’s voice or meaning, of course, in any way.

4 pm—Reading (again!)

Of course, another task we make time for each day is to read new submissions from aspiring authors. There isn’t a better way to finish the day than to discover an exciting new talent to join our lovely Medical Romance authors!

We hope you’ve learned something new about how Harlequin Medical Romances come to life! Let us know if you have any comments or questions below 🙂