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Conference!

The truth is, conference was last month, but this is my first time to blog since attending.

Last month I flew from Scotland to Florida for a 10 day family holiday, then dropped my beloved and kids back at the airport, and went back to another hotel for 4 days of conference. After 10 days in one room with a husband and two teenage boys, having a room to myself was peaceful – and spotless!

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This year at conference my usual partners in crime were back in the UK and Australia. But this meant I got to make some new friends and spend more time with people I usually only see for an hour or so.

First night was spent at Epcot watching the fireworks courtesy of Tule Publishing with drinks and dessert. I had dinner with some of the fabulous Tule authors at the French restaurant in Epcot.

IMG_0611Socialising is one the greatest joys of conference, along with the learning from the sessions at conference.

I had fun going to Disney Springs with fellow med author Louisa George where she indulged me by coming to the T-Rex restaurant with me.

IMG_0387Next up was the Harlequin party which, this year, was held at the Waldorf Astoria in Florida.  I went for dinner in the Waldorf restaurant first with Katherine Gerbera, Nancy Robarbs Thompson and Julia Justiss.

IMG_0614After that it was time to dance the night away with my favourite authors and editors.

First here’s the brilliant and very talented Carol Marinelli receiving her 100 book award from Harlequin – many of these are medicals.

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Here’s me with Sheila Hodgson the senior editor for the medical line.

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And with the fabulous Flo Nicol.

IMG_0633The following day there was a massive book signing and I managed to snap our very own Susan Carlisle.

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I had a great final night in Florida going for dinner at the Four Seasons with Maisey Yates, Megan Crane, Nicole Helm and Kasey Lane. It was a perfect end to a great 4 days.

IMG_0667Sad to say I won’t be at Denver next year, but I’ll definitely be in New York the year after!

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Scarlet xx

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Holiday season!

In Scotland, schools out for summer from 28 June, which means two days from now!

This means my boys require entertainment for the next six weeks.  Luckily, my kids are a bit older now and don’t require quite as much supervision as before.  Thankfully, we also have a holiday booked for Florida mid July (which ends with me attending the Romance Writers Conference!).  It’s been two years since we were last in Florida and I don’t know if me, or the kids are more excited!

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I may even get to meet an astronaut again!

And while my idea of relaxing is always a good book, I’ve been trying to find something cool for my kids to do.  Some of you may know I’ve written some YA books with dinosaurs.  So, this reached out and spoke to me.

Dinosaurs!

Here’s hoping it’s as good as it looks!

 

Wishing you all happy holidays,

Scarlet

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Falling for the enemy!

Italian movie star Javier Russo needs to escape his Hollywood life. Isola dei Fiori is the perfect retreat—a lush island in the glittering Mediterranean. What he didn’t expect was having to share his peaceful hideaway with the infuriatingly beautiful Portia Marlowe!

Celebrity reporter Portia is intrigued by her unwelcome and mysterious visitor, and the secrets he’s clearly holding back. Villa Rosa isn’t big enough for both of them, and soon there’s nowhere to hide from their simmering chemistry!

Available from July, from Amazon UK and Amazon US and Amazon Aus

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Binge watching

It’s official.  I’ve finished a book and for a few days have been binge watching and binge reading.

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Here’s the first binge.  Designated survivor.  If you hadn’t heard the term – go and google it now.  It’s completely fascinating.

Kiefer Sutherland is the poor sod who is the designated survivor for his party during the State of the Union address (probably because he’s about to be sacked) and BOOM!!!!!!!

He becomes the sole survivor of his party and the man who will be President.  You’ve never met anyone more than Kiefer who doesn’t want to do this.  That’s what makes this perfect.  Throw in intrigue, back-stabbing, more dastardly deeds and characters with more faces than lives, then you have this addiction.

It’s just stopped for the mid-season break and I’m in agony!

My second binge is this

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Found on Netflix this 6 part australian series Glitch has everything the cat threw at it.

Handsome local copper.  Check

Pregnant wife.  Check

  1.  Founder of the town
  2. 1960’s housewife
  3. Young murdered woman
  4. Former World War soldier
  5. Mysterious immigrant
  6. Handsome local copper’s dead wife

What?????  YES!!!!  These people crawl out of their graves and their stories are fascinating.

There’s also a weird drug company and another mad copper and an equally mad local doctor.

Don’t panic folks.  Just right off six hours of your life and settle down and watch.

As for binge reading????

booksI may be quite a while……………….

in the meantime, feel free to give me more Netflix recommendations and anymore book recommendations!

Thanks

Love Scarlet xx

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Exhausted! Please assume the position below…..

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This is the position we are all in right now.

It’s all been too much.  Christmas is over.  The presents are opened.  The house looks as if a tornado has swept through it, and I can’t remember what belongs to who.

Neither can the kids.  And that can cause a few arguments.

The joys of a family Christmas.

In Scotland, New Years Eve is called Hogmanay and it’s a big deal.

If you’re young, energetic and have any kind of tolerance for alcohol.

I am none of the above.   I’ll be drinking a small glass of wine, watching TV and reading a book.  Perfect!

In between all this I have some revisions to finish on next year’s Christmas book – a story that I absolutely love and I get to share it all with you next year!

In the meantime, I hope you’ve all enjoyed a wonderful celebratory time wherever you are in the world and here’s to a brighter, happier 2017!

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Who doesn’t want to be charmed by a Prince?

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Today I’m giving you a little excerpt from my book from the Christmas Miracles in Maternity series, A Royal Baby for Christmas.  It features my beautiful Scottish paediatric surgeon and an incognito Prince.  See what you think.

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His eyes scanned the bar as he ran his fingers through his hair. Six weeks, three countries, ten flights and thousands of miles. He’d been wined and dined by Heads of State and consulate staff, negotiated trade agreements, arranged to be part of a water aid initiative, held babies, shook hands for hours and had a number of tense diplomatic conversations.

All of this while avoiding dozens of calls from his mother about the upcoming royal announcement. His apparent betrothal to his lifelong friend.

All he wanted to do was find a seat, have a drink and clear a little head space. Il Palazzo di Cristallo was one of the few places he could do that. Set in the stunning mountains of Montanari the exclusive boutique hotel only ever had a select few guests – most of whom were seeking sanctuary from the outside world. The press were banned. The staff screened and well looked after to ensure all guests’ privacy was well respected – including the Crown Prince of Montanari. For the first time in six weeks Sebastian might actually be able to relax.

Except someone was sitting in his favourite seat at the bar.

There. A figure with shoulders slumped and her head leaning on her hand. Her ash blonde hair was escaping from its clasp and her blue dress was creased. Two empty glasses of wine sat on the bar in front of her.

The bartender sat down a third and gave Sebastian an almost indiscernible nod. The staff here knew he liked to keep his identity quiet.

Odd. He didn’t recognise the figure. Sebastian knew all the movie stars and celebrities who usually stayed here. She wasn’t a fellow royal or a visiting dignitary. His curiosity was piqued.

He strode across the room and slid onto the stool next to hers at the bar. She didn’t even look up in acknowledgement.

Her fingers were running up and down the stem of the glass and her light brown eyes were unfocused. But it wasn’t the drink. It was deep contemplation.

Sebastian sucked in a breath. Whoever she was, she was beautiful. Her skin was flawless. Her features finer than some of the movie starlets he’d been exposed to. Being Prince of Montanari meant that a whole host of women had managed to cross his path over the last few years. Not that he’d taken any of them seriously. He had a duty to his future kingdom. A duty to marry an acceptable neighbouring princess. There was no question about it – it had been instilled in him from a young age it was part of his preparations for finally becoming king. Marriage was a business transaction. It wasn’t the huge love and undying happiness portrayed in fairy tales. There were no rainbows and flying unicorns. It came down to the most advantageous match for the country and his parents had found her.   Theresa Mon Carte, his childhood friend and princess from a neighbouring principality. They were to be married within the year.

Part of the reason he was here was to get some time to resign himself to his fate. Because that’s what it felt like.

But right now, he couldn’t think about that at all.

He was entirely distracted by the woman sitting next to him. She looked as if she had the weight of the world on her shoulders. There was no Botox here. Her brow was definitely furrowed and somehow he knew this woman would never be interested in cosmetic procedures.

“Want to tell me about them?”

“What?” She looked up, startled at the sound of his voice.

Light brown eyes that looked as if they’d once had a little dark eyeliner around them. It was smudged now. But that didn’t stop the effect.

It was like being speared straight through the heart.

For a second neither of them spoke. It was the weirdest sensation – as if the air around them had just stilled.

He was drinking in everything about her. Her forgotten about hair. Her crumpled clothes. Her dejected appearance.

But there was something else. Something that wouldn’t let him break their gaze. A buzz. An air. He’d never felt something like this before. And she felt it too.

He could tell. Her pupils dilated just a little before his eyes. He didn’t have any doubt that his were so big right now the Grand Canyon could fit in them.

There was something about her demeanour. This woman was a professional. She was educated. And she was oh, so sexy.

He found his tongue. “Your worries.” He couldn’t help but let the corners of his mouth turn upwards.

She gave the briefest rise of her eyebrows and turned back towards the waiting wine glass. Her shoulders straightened a little. He’d definitely caught her attention.

Just like she’d caught his.

He leaned a little closer and nudged her shoulder. “You’re sitting on my favourite bar stool.”

“Didn’t have your name on it,” she quipped back.

Her accent. It was unmistakeable. The Scottish twang made the hairs on his arms stand on end. He could listen to that all day. Or all night.

She swung her legs around towards him and leaned one arm on the bar. “Come to think of it, you must be kind of brave.” She took a sip of her wine. Her eyebrows lifted again. “Or kind of stupid.”

He liked it. She was flirting back. He leaned his arm on the bar too, so they were closer than ever.   “What makes you think that?”

She licked her lips. “Because you’re trying to get between a Scots girl and the bar.” She smiled as she ran her eyes up and down the length of his body. It was almost as if she’d reached her fingers out and touched him. “Haven’t you heard about Scots girls?”

He smiled and leaned closer. “I think I might need a little education.” He couldn’t think of anything he wanted more.

Instant attraction.   He’d never really experienced it before. Not like this.   He’d wanted to come in here to hide and get away from things. Now, his sanctuary, had become a whole lot more exciting.

A whole lot more distracting.

His stomach flipped over. What if he never felt like this again? Or even worse, what if he felt like this when he was King of Montanari and married?

Right now he was none of those things. The engagement hadn’t been announced. He was about to step into a life of duty and constant scrutiny.

Theresa was a friend. Nothing more. Nothing less. They’d never even shared a kiss.

He hadn’t come here to meet anyone. He hadn’t come here to be attracted to someone.

But right now he was caught in a gaze he didn’t want to escape from. The pull was just too strong.

Something flitted across her eyes. It was as if her confidence wavered for a second.

“What’s wrong?” He couldn’t help himself.

She sucked in a breath. “Bad day at the office.”

“Anything to do with a man?” It was out before he thought.

She blinked and gave a little smile again, pausing for a second. “No. Definitely nothing to do with a man.”

It was like he’d just laid himself bare. Finding out the lay of the land. He couldn’t ignore the warm feeling that spread straight through him.

He had no royal duties this weekend. There were no hands he needed to shake. No business he needed to attend to. He’d told security he was coming here and to keep their distance.

If he lived to be 100 he’d remember this. He’d remember this meeting and the way it made him feel. The buzz was so strong the air practically sparkled around her.

He was still single. He could do this. Right now he would cross burning coals to see what would happen next.

He leaned even closer. “I came here to get some peace and quiet. I came here to get some head space.” He gave her a little smile and lowered his voice. “But, all of a sudden, there’s no space in my head at all.”

He took a chance. “How about I stop searching for some peace and quiet, and you forget all about your bad day.”

She ran her fingers up the stem of her wine glass. He could tell she was thinking. She looked up from heavy eyelids. “You mean, like a distraction. An interlude?”

The warm glow in his body started to rapidly rise. He nodded. “A distraction.”

She licked her lips again and he almost groaned out loud. “I think a distraction might be just what I need,” she said carefully.

He tried to quieten the cheerleader squad currently yelling in his head.

“I’ve always wanted to meet a Scots girl. Will you teach me how to wear a kilt?” He waved to the bar man. “There are some killer cocktails in here. You look like a Lavender Fizz kind of girl.”

“I’ll do better than that.” There was a hint of mischief in her voice. “I’ll teach you how to take it off.”

A Royal Baby for Christmas is the final book in the series.

The Nurse’s Christmas Gift by Tina Beckett

The Midwife’s Pregnancy Miracle by Kate Hardy

White Christmas for the Single Mum by Susanne Hampton

A Royal Baby for Christmas by Scarlet Wilson

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Finding a new hero….

It’s that time again.  I’m just about to start a new book.  This will be a Christmas one for next year and I’m frantically searching for my latest hero.

I always have a few personal favourites in the back of my head.

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George has always been a personal favourite, particularly the scene where he was all wet rescuing a child from a storm drain…

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But then I’m a bit partial to Patrick too.  Shame on you Shonda Rhimes.   Grey’s will never be the same again.

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Most of you will know I like a bit of sci-fi too.  Captain Picard will always be the best starship Captain.  He might be lacking in hair, but he definitely makes up for it in ethics and an absolute sense of rightness.  I particularly loved him as a Borg…..

 

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Then there is the new Spock.  I LOVE Zachary Quinto.  The hair is definitely questionable, as is the eyebrows, but the characterisation is spot on.

Finally there’s a new boy in town.

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I was very partial to Chris Pratt in Jurassic World.  So much to love.  (We won’t discuss the girl in the white suit!)

But I’m still no closer.   I’m starting this book on 1 November, so I guess that still gives me a few days to research my hero.  Doesn’t it ladies??

I”m also on a book fest at the moment.  I have two releases, one medical and one romance so take your pick!

Christmas in the Boss’s Castle got me my 25 book pin from Harlequin this year and that might make it my favourite!

Finally I went a little crazy the other day. Flo Nichol one of the Mills and Boon eds tweeted a picture of some vintage coasters with Mills and Boon book covers  on them. I have hunted everywhere but couldn’t find a set. So I made a set of my own.

My teenage son is wise beyond his years. He took one look when they arrived and said “yeah nice, but we won’t actually be allowed to use them, will we?”

You know Elliott, you might be right!

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Fun and frolics

Okay, so I’m late to the party.  But this is my first blog since my return from RWA in San Diego.  So please forgive me!

RWA San Diego hadn’t been in my plans this year.  New York was fantastic but a little overwhelming last year.  However, the call in March to say I’d was a double Rita Finalist meant that I had to replan.

Let me tell you about my journey.  It wasn’t glamorous at all!  Twenty hours of flights meant that I bought myself a pair of those old TED stockings that we put on our vascular patients and reviewed some meds before I hit the plane!  I had plans when I hit San Diego. I arrived Tuesday night and lots of conference attendees don’t arrive until Wednesday.  This meant Wednesday morning could more or less be free.  So what did I do?

I shopped!  I love a good outlet!  My poor colleague Rachael Johns uttered the words as we arrived, “I’m not really looking for anything, I’ll just follow you around.”

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Yeah Rach, sure!!!  Look at those bags.

RWA conference is mad.  You literally have things on from 8am to 10pm – sometimes later.  And in between all that you’re trying to go to some of the sessions.  I was blessed with spending time with some of fellow medical authors.

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Amalie Berlin, Amy Ruttan and Lynne Marshall

I also had a strangely surreal experience of meeting Santa in San Diego thanks to Louisa George!

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Then, there was the fun of the Harlequin party and RWA Award ceremony where I had the pleasure of sitting with fellow Harlequin author Maisey Yates as she won her Rita Award.

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Rachael Johns, Emily Madden and Heidi Rice

Then I had the crazy journey home, followed by 20 hours time to pack four cases and get back to the airport for our family holiday to Tenerife!

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And in no time at all, it was time for my kids to go back to school.  This is my two boys and the little cutie is niece’s daughter on her first day at school.

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So, I’ll finish with my favourite ever book cover for my October release One Kiss in Tokyo…

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And I’ll wish a huge congratulations for Louise George who won a Koru Award for Tempted by the Italian Surgeon!!