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WINNERS!!

I didn’t forget! I just had to wait between some awesome scheduled blogs, BUT I have winners!!

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WOOHOO!

So the grand prize winner, who gets a CHOCOLATE HERO. Yes, I found a chocolate man and some other fun little swag I’ve collected from various reader cons and of course books by Me (Amy Ruttan), Ann McIntosh and Traci Douglass is…*Amy is doing a drumroll*

LAURIE B. 

Congrats Laurie B. Email me at contactamy.ruttan@gmail.com

I’m not done though…

HELEN S. You’ve won books by Amy Andrews, Louisa George & Emily Forbes

LANEY4  You’ve won books by Sue MacKay & Annie Claydon

Congratulations. So if all the winners email me at contactamy.ruttan@gmail.com with your email and I’ll get you in contact with the authors who have your prizes.

Thanks for playing. 🙂

 

 

 

 

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Holiday Celebrations

Valentine’s Day & Giveaway

So this is the first giveaway I’m managing on Love is the Best Medicine, so bear with me! Also, I’m rousing out of a horrible stomach flu that walloped me early Tuesday. Bleh!

BUT, I do like Valentine’s Day, because it’s a cheat day for me. Although, not this year because of said stomach flu. Bleh. Plus it’s fun in a goofy, whacky, cheesy way that I like. Or at least, I try to make it that way.

And one of the ways I love making Valentine’s Day “fun” is funny cards.

I do write romance. I get that, but I like some goofiness to my romance. Just ask my husband, who is a romantic on how he has to deal with a goofball like me.

I thought it might be fun to share some of my favourite Valentine’s Memes.

 

Now, for the contest. We have some books, of course generously donated by our lovely Medical Romance Authors. PLUS I have chocolate and a Valentine’s Duet I wrote a couple years back to give away.

I’ll leave this contest open for a couple of days and announce the winner next week. All you have to do is comment and I’ll let Random(dot)org pick a winner.

I hope you have a fantastic day today and remember tomorrow is 50% off chocolate! 😉

Amy xo

 

 

 

Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Romance Novels, Holiday Celebrations

Groundhog Day

It’s technically tomorrow, which is February 2nd.

I have a love and hate relationship with that holiday, because it makes no sense. If Wiarton Willie, Punxsutawney Phil, Shubencadie Sam (to name a few) see their shadow it means 6 more weeks of winter. If they don’t, we get an early spring…which usually works out to be in *GASP* six weeks.

Also that movie, with Bill Murray drives me slightly crazy!

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Fun Fact, that Shubencadie Sam is the FIRST groundhog on the day to make an appearance because he’s in Nova Scotia and on Atlantic time.

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I’m so ready for spring to start! Winter is SO not my jam, especially when I live in an area that gets pummelled by Polar Vortexes.

So, instead of Groundhog Day and that furry rodents prediction that makes me grumpy, I’m going to focus on my plans for spring 2019!

I have some pretty fun stuff coming up. I’m taking my Dad to see John Cleese (we’re both HUGE Fawlty Towers/Monty Python fans). I’m going to a book conference in Niagara Falls called Romancing the Falls in May and I’m hoping I can make it to RWA Nationals in New York City this summer.

I have more books contracted. I’m currently plotting out a duet with the lovely Susan Carlisle.

And I’m still training! In fact, I set a goal beginning of January to fit into a size 18 dress for my brother’s wedding at the end of March. I ordered a size 18 dress, it came and it’s too big. Not quite into the next size down, but I was pretty happy that all my strength training and clean eating is paying off. Also, shifting my mindset from the word diet to lifestyle helped a lot.

And today, my 21st book released. So I’m pretty happy about that.

So I’m going to ignore the groundhog and is unpredictable prediction that seems to drive everyone around here CRAZY and focus on the good that’s coming!

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Happy February!

9781335641403 What happened in Vegas…

Has life-changing consequences!

An impulsive Las Vegas encounter that left practical Dr. Emily West married to world-renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Ryan Gary should have simply been a lesson learned—except now she’s pregnant with his baby!

When Ryan arrives at Emily’s Seattle hospital to assist on a case, they’re reunited and their powerful spark reignites. But can working side by side with Emily convince lone-wolf Ryan he’ll be the perfect dad, now and always?

 

 

 

 

 

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Deck the Halls…

This is sort of a mish mash post of what I’ve been up to. Also, I bit under the weather and I’m pretty sure my cold meds are clouding my judgment.

I’m so excited that December is finally here! Even though revisions for book #23 have landed in my inbox, I’m still excited that it’s December.

Even though I really don’t like winter all that much, I do love Christmas. I love spending time with my kids and turkey. I like snow, for a slight and short brief window of time. I like the lights. I also know this time of year will be hard. First Christmas without my Mom.

Part of what I’m doing to work through all this though is focusing on gratitude. Harlequin Dare author Stefanie London introduced me to The Five Minute Journal. Every day and every night I reflect on gratitude and positivity.

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It’s completely shifting my mindset!

What’s also helping is Bootcamp classes. When I walked into that first Bootcamp class end of September I said to myself “You’ve got to be kidding me?”

I started with 2-3 times per week. Now I go 4-5 times per week.

There is something really gratifying about lifting a loader tire and flipping it over.

Also part of this shift in mindset and gratitude is making more time for my kids. They’re growing so fast. My daughter is 15, my autistic son is almost 13 (January 2019!!!) and my youngest is 9.

So I take time out of my day to connect with each of them. Even if it means building Lego.

My first set to conquer was Harry Potter’s Great Hall.

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878 pieces???!!

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Evil Basilisk escaped the Chamber and is coming to destroy us!

 

 

This was the first time I ever attempted Lego ANYTHING. It took me about four days, but I found it quite enjoyable and my 12 year old said he was proud of me for attempting it and that it was a cool set.

We’ve decided to add Christmas lights to it and display it over the Holidays.

That and we have some more Harry Potter Characters to include with it that wasn’t including in the set. Mainly You Know Who.

Even though I’m bogged down with revisions, I’m completely relaxed for the first time in months! It’s amazing what a bit of gratitude and a shift in mindset can do.

Also, another fun announcement. My Dad is getting a new dog! His beloved 12 year old beagle Snoopy passed in September from liver cancer. It was devastating after our summer, but a couple of weeks ago he told me and my brother that he was lonely. He needed a dog.

My brother’s wife found an organization in Texas known as the Texas Chihuahua Rescue.  Apparently Chihuahuas are the #2 most euthanized dog in the state, so TXCR is a non profit that saves them from kill shelters, vets them and then transports them up to FURever homes in the northern States and Canada. In particular, Ontario.

The first dog my family had when I was a kid was a Chihuahua. We’re no stranger to them. Dad was immediately approved after they checked his references, which included me and our Veterinarian.  In about a week Gordon (isn’t that fate that they named him Gordon which is a totally Canadian name) will be joining us here in Ontario. We got him a coat and a bed. I’m crocheting him a blanket out of pet yarn and we’re all excited that he’s coming!

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So yeah, there’s gratitude and happiness everywhere.

I hope that you all have a marvellous Holiday Season. xo

 

Escaping the big city…

For love under Icelandic skies

When surgeon Betty Jacinth’s heart is broken once again, she takes a job in Iceland for a change of scenery. She expects cold weather—but not the frosty welcome she receives from gorgeous but brooding Dr. Axel Sturlusson! Now father to his orphaned niece, Axel gradually thaws, and a flame ignites—but when Betty’s ex begs her to return, can she make the right choice for love?9781335663795

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Inspiration

I can’t believe that my 20th book released this month. It’s surreal sometimes that I get to do this amazing thing and write books. It’s something that I’ve always wanted to do.

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I often talk about my inspirations for becoming a writer and one of my biggest supporters was my Mom.

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Yeah, I’m the one crying in the white floaty thing. The lake was kind of murky and I didn’t like it one bit.

I lost my Mom this past June to cancer. She was 64 and she loved Harlequin books. In particular Presents and Historical. Though, she did love reading Medicals when I gave her mine. She was biased and I didn’t mind. 🙂

She would’ve been so proud of me hitting book #20 and I know she is, but it’s been a hard few months.

My 20th was written before I lost her and my 21st was as well. Actually, my 21st book which comes out in January 2019 was accepted two days before she died. My editor emailed me to tell me that the book was accepted and I had to email Sareeta back and tell her I was sitting at my Mom’s bedside saying good-bye. Everyone at Romance Towers was so accommodating and understanding.

There are some books that are difficult to write for whatever reason. Number 20, NY Doc Under the Northern Lights, was one of those books that was easier to write in retrospect. Book #23, which just was accepted, was my most difficult.

It was the first book I wrote after my Mom died. And I was pretty numb writing that first draft, but then I heard my Mom’s voice and things got better.

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My Mom WAY before two kids caused her grey hairs. ❤

And when 20 released, I really struggled with being happy about it because she wasn’t there physically. In my heart she is.

I’m still grieving. This past Friday it’s only 4 months since I lost my rock. The one person I would always turn to when I was anxious or worried. She was my shelter in a storm and it’s been hard not picking up the phone or going to see her and tell her good news.

It’s been hard. So hard, which is why I’ve been somewhat quiet on social media and on here. It’s getting better though. 🙂

And as I tried to focus on my release and writing/revising book #23 The Surgeon’s Convenient Husband, she was there in her own way.

I know that she’ll be there in every book I write.

Like she’s been there since I drafted my first short story at the age of 9. I wouldn’t be where I am today without her. So thanks for that, Mom.

I love you.

Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Romance Novels

That time Amy turned 40…

I realized that it’s been since February that I wrote something. It’s been a bit crazy around my neck of the woods. I had a deadline (when don’t I?) and my youngest son needed surgery. He’s 8 and he had a hernia. He just had his surgery in May and is on the mend.

And in April, I turned a big milestone and hit FORTY. I don’t know why I was dreading this so much. It’s been a month since I turned 40 and I feel good actually.

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Still, as it was approaching I got a bit bummed out. And the weather in Canada didn’t help. That winter held on for a long, long, long time. So, to cheer me up and celebrate my 40th the DH & I decided to go to Disney World for my 40th so I could hit that milestone with Mickey.

 

I love Disney World. I went when I was 14, on my honeymoon and a couple years ago we took the kids for the first time. The first time we took the kids my youngest couldn’t ride many rides (he’s on the shorter side even though my husband and I are super tall). This time around he got to ride Space Mountain and you can see this picture is worth the whole trip!

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Youngest’s first time on Space Mountain!

So this trip was my 4th time and my first time celebrating my birthday there.

ALSO we decided to go to Harry Potter World at Universal Studios. I had never been to Universal Studios before and I love, love Harry Potter. OMG it was amazing! Although, my DH gets bad motion sickness on virtual reality rides and I hate rollercoasters. Sadly the Escape from Gringotts was a virtual reality with a rollercoaster. I had to go on with the kids. I thought I was going to die a few times and my kids just laughed at me. They think it’s hilarious.

Meanies! Oh and the wands my kids are holding are TWO Elder Wands (the boys of course wanted the most powerful wands in the world) and Malfoy’s wand. My daughter wanted Malfoy’s wand. I chose Harry’s.

While in Florida, I got to see my critique partner of many years again. She used to live in my town and then moved away. *sob* She also just sold to Medicals. So I was so happy to see Ann McIntosh again and bring her Red Rose Tea as they don’t have Red Rose Tea in the States.

She wasn’t the only one I got to meet. I got to meet Laurie! A long time medical reader and the sweetest person EVER. I brought her a bunch of treats too. It involved a lot of maple syrup.

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Eyes are closed because I’m not used to bright sunlight coming from the north! 😉

It was a great 40th. And yes, I let the kids dress me up like that because I’m a good Mom or just a sucker.

Honestly, I don’t know what I was so worried about by turning 40. I’m pretty dang lucky and it felt a bit freeing to hit that milestone! Mostly, because I realized I don’t really care about stuff I worried about when I was in my twenties or thirties. I’ve come this far and I’m enjoying myself!

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My kids got to dress me on my 40th. 

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A date with her former flame…

Brings the past flooding back!

In this Hot Greek Docs story, doctor Naomi thought her ex didn’t want kids. So she’s shocked to find Dr. Christos Moustakas at her new workplace—and he’s now a single dad! Chris has dropped his playboy ways, but he still has a hold on Naomi’s heart. And if she can now reveal their secret loss, it might finally give them another chance…

 

 

The Writing Life

How do you do it?

So, when I first started writing and then was published and even now after turning in book #20 to my editor I get asked: “How do you do it?”

Or: “I could never do it?”

Or: “How can one place inspire a whole book?”

The last question was my brother’s after he found out that I decided to write a series of books for a Kindle World set in and around Yellowknife, after I visited him this summer.

My question back to that is “How do you not?”

I guess I just don’t get not having an imagination, of having voices constantly in your head nattering at you to WRITE. My daughter who is very logical and very math/science oriented doesn’t get how I can sit down some days and write 8,000 words.

She finds writing painful. I find Math painful.creative-writing-final-meme

Ssshhh, she also gets annoyed because I’m fairly good at predicting movies. I was completely right about The Last Jedi. Not that it ruined it for me (Hello Reylo shipper here), I just did a fist pump and my daughter glared at me in the theatre. When a movie surprises me I love it all the more. Rogue One was the last movie that surprised me and I adore it.

Anyways, I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately because I was asked by my daughter’s school to attend a career night and talk about the whys and hows of becoming a writer. And it got me thinking way back to when I was a teenager, sitting in a guidance counsellor’s office and getting asked what I wanted to do with my life.

“I want to be a writer.”

And my guidance counsellor told me that was not a logical choice. I would never make anything of it and I should probably think about becoming a legal secretary or something. No hate for legal secretaries, I was one for many years, but still all those stories played in my head. I was a day dreamer and I didn’t to do that.

I wrote and drew every day. And when I wasn’t doing that, my head was buried in a book.

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I applied for Art College, because I did do drawing and painting all through high school and the Art College interviewer looking at my portfolio smiled and said “Do you write?”

I blushed and said, “Yes.”

“I would love to see it. Don’t give up.”

I ended up not going to that school because of financial reasons. My parents did try and I ended up going to a college to learn legal secretary work, but that interviewer was the first person beyond my father, who thought I could do it.

I guess the purpose of this rambling post on a snowy groundhog day it to tell all of those who are thinking of writing DON’T GIVE UP! Even if you get rejections, we all get those!

Don’t give up.

If you love it, keep trying. Everyone’s path on this publication journey is so different and that’s okay …what’s not okay is not trying.

And believe me, sometimes writing a book is like pulling teeth. My 20th was hard to write, but revising is going well. LOL So, you just keep going.

Now, for some fun stuff. We’re having a Valentine’s giveaway. You can enter here and the winner will be announced on February 14, 2018.

Also, if you’re in the Sarnia, Ontario/Port Huron, MI area I will be running a Harlequin Romance Trivia at the Coles in the Lambton Mall in Sarnia on February 10 from 6-8 p.m. Copies of Navy Doc on her Christmas List and the Surgeon King’s Secret Baby will be with me, plus Harlequin is providing a BUNCH of prizes and really fun game. I’d love to see you there.

You can find more about Amy here

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