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Cover Reveals!

It’s Amy & Ann and we’re both excited to show you the covers to our awesome Duet coming August 2019.

Ready?

YAY!!!

I’m really excited to do this cover reveal for a lot of reasons. First the covers are AMAZING. I love the cover of ROYAL DOC’S SECRET HEIR, he’s pretty much how I imagined Maazin.

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The UK version! 

And second, I got to write a duet with Ann McIntosh!!!

I’m not sure many people know that Ann and I have been friends for over a decade and critique partners for that long too. When I was working on my debut Medical romance back in 2011 (when it was first requested), Ann was the one helping me through the process.

Then when she decided to submit, I was the one telling her the same things she told me. So, I was thrilled to able to finally work with her.

Though I will give credit where credit is due, Ann mostly came up with this idea and did a lot of the heavy world building because we were writing and planning these books just after my mother passed. My brain wasn’t really there and like the amazing partner she supported me through that rough time.

This makes this duet so special to me and I’m SO excited to be able to share our covers with you.

My book is book 2 in the duet and here’s the blurb to tempt you before I hand over the reins to Ann.

A shock reunion…

A son reclaimed!

In this Cinderellas to Royal Brides story, Dr. Jeena Harrak’s returned home. Banished years ago by the king of Kaylana upon falling pregnant with Prince Maazin’s baby, Jeena never had a chance to say goodbye to Maazin, or to tell him of his father’s cruelty. After she reveals his heir, working alongside gorgeous yet closed-off doctor Maazin is harder than she ever imagined…but might their overwhelming connection be enough to reunite their family?

This project has been a joy to work on for me, since it’s the first time I’ve gotten to collaborate with my good friend Amy Ruttan on a Harlequin/Mills and Boon continuity. She’s my longest and best writing friend, and, as she said, we’ve been in each other’s corners pretty much from the start of our professional writing careers. She’s the best cheering section a girl could have!

I adore the gorgeous cover for Surgeon Prince, Cinderella Bride, and loved coming up with both the setting for this book, and the history of the fictitious kingdom. Those who know me won’t be surprised by the fact the Kalyana is a tropical paradise—an archipelago of islands somewhere in the Indian Ocean. My love of tropical climates and island settings is well known!

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UK Version!

And the story itself also combines a couple of my other obsessions: genealogy, and DNA testing. The advances in genealogical research afforded by DNA testing is well known, but when your roots are barely or completely unknown it becomes even more exciting. Imagine being linked to families you’ve never heard of or met, when prior to that you knew little or nothing about your family origins! Exciting stuff, and loads of fodder for authors.

My book is first in the series (as befitting the elder son and heir to the throne of Kalyana, LOL!) and I hope you’ll be as excited as we are for the release of the Cinderellas to Royal Brides stories. Here is the blurb:

A year-long contract…

…to marry a stranger!

In this Cinderellas to Royal Brides story, Dr. Sara Greer’s shocked to find Crown Prince Farhan on her doorstep with life-changing news—she’s the long-lost heir to the throne of Kalyana! Farhan needs to preserve his title and Sara wants to connect with her newfound heritage, so agreeing to his convenient proposal seems like the perfect solution! Until their inconvenient chemistry has her reconsidering their hands-off agreement…

So, we’d love to hear what you think and we’re both really excited about August and the release of our princes.

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Happy FriYAY!

I got into the habit of calling my Fridays…FRIYAYs, especially since I do my Core class usually on Friday and the instructor is very positive and calls the workouts FriYAYs. Although, truth be told, by the end of it, I’m not feeling so YAY. More like pain.

But Fridays I do reflection on my week. At my FitClub we do Monday Goals and Friday reflection. I like the accountability with other members and I like that no one is perfect. Not even the coaches. That means a lot. It’s real and honest. It’s also made a huge impact in my life for the better.

It’s been 7 months since I started my FitClub journey and this is the longest I’ve consecutively worked out.

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Photo on left is when I started my journey. Photo on right is January 2019.

It’s been a pretty amazing journey and that 7 months has helped my writing in ways I can’t even begin to tell you.

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Didn’t think I would be able to do this. My Coach proved me wrong and I felt so amazing.

On top of consistent working out, I took two courses. Becca Syme’s Write Better Faster, which completely opened my eyes to my strengths and how to utilize that in my business and her more focused Strengths for Writers, which talked about my Top strengths and how to use those strengths to create a plan. Three of my top 5 were working against each other and I was stagnating. Strategic could see where my book needed to go, the whole thing laid out in my head, but Context wouldn’t let me move forward until I knew WHO the characters were, but strategic was like “Please, we work the characters out in the story” and context was like NO. Empathy was sitting there sucking in everyone’s emotions.

All around. Empathy was draining me completely dry.

So I learned to step away from drama and toxic people. I put my family first and my health as well, so that means putting myself first and working out. Consistently.

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Every Minute on the Minute. 2 Rounds. I almost died.
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Hmm. It would be easier to stay at home, but I’m here so I guess I’ll go in.

And all of this has made a huge world of difference.

Before my Mom passed away in June last year I had started a partial for another project. Got feedback from my agent and then Mom passed and I stagnated. Completely. I struggled through my next two contracted books.

It was SO hard to write The Surgeon’s Convenient Husband (May 2019) and Royal Doc’s Secret Heir (August 2019).

Then, with the mindset coaching, physical coaching and Becca Syme’s courses, something happened and that partial was finished in 48hrs. I read through it four times, made changes and I was possessed.

I sent it to my agent and waited for his feedback. He’s great for feedback and I trust his opinion completely. He replied that it was great and we talked about submitting it.

So, that’s why I wanted to talk about FriYAY! It’s been a long, hard journey and I’m getting there. There are things to be grateful for and I think FriYAYs should be celebrated more often. 🙂

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Out in May 2019. This book, was the first I wrote after Mom passed and it was a hard fought book I’m proud of.
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WINNERS!!

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

WIN

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. 🙂

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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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.