Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Romance Novels

Happy Birthday to me! Here’s a gift for you! 🎁

Hi All!

September is one of my favorite times of the year, and not just because it’s my birthday month. (We won’t say which one because I stopped counting at 21… LOL! 😉) I love Fall. Spring too, but Autumn just feels so cozy and comfortable and warm, like a favorite pair of slippers and a good cup of tea. Or a wonderful book that you read over and over again.

So, as a gift to you, there’s a very special sale on one of my sweet romance titles with Entangled Bliss, WORTH THE WAIT ! The special price doesn’t technically start until this coming Monday, 9/14, but many retailers drop them ahead of time, so keep checking to get this great deal! 🤓📚

For a limited time, (9/14-9/21), this book is on sale for just $0.99!

I love Alex and Mandy’s story for so many reasons. It’s funny and sweet and touching and heartbreaking and healing, all rolled into one. I started writing this book shortly after my mom passed away in 2013 and it became a way for me to work through some of the overwhelming feelings of loss and love and fear that I was going through at the time. It took seven years and many different sets of revisions to get it ready for the world, but I’m so happy with how it turned out. If you like small-town romances with brooding, wounded heroes and spunky, smart heroines who just keep on going despite the odds stacked against them, then this is the story for you. I’ve included a short excerpt for you below as well, to whet your whistle… 🥰

Be sure to get your copy at the special low price of just $0.99 HERE before it’s gone! (And be sure to let me know how you liked the book too, once you’ve read it. #ReviewsAreLove ❤️)

Until next time, Happy Reading!

Traci 😊

GET YOUR COPY TODAY before it’s too late!

Publisher: Entangled Bliss

Release Date: 3/9/2020

Tropes: Second-Chance, Forced Proximity, Opposites Attract

Blurb:

Mandy Reynolds needs a reset on life in so many ways. Her acting career isn’t exactly where she’d hoped it to be. She can’t even get a job as a germ for a commercial. When she inherits half a house she sees it as a sign and heads home to Heavenly Falls, Illinois. She’ll sell the house, and use the money to take her career to the next level in Los Angeles. That is if she can convince her hard-headed––and stupidly gorgeous–– ex-stepbrother, Alex Noonan, to sell fast. The last time Alex saw Mandy, she was a gangly teen, who followed him around like a sad puppy. But she’s grown into a smart and funny woman, who is as frustrating as she is beautiful. The fact that they have to live in the house––together––while they fix it up, is one temptation he doesn’t need. And while he’s having fun spending time with her, she’s moving on soon, and he needs time to heal. Plus, she has no idea he’s got a secret that could put a monkey wrench in all of her plans…

Short Excerpt:

She took a deep breath then turned slowly to find him watching her from across the room. He 

looked as off-kilter as she felt. Butterflies swarming in her empty stomach, she searched for some way past the awkward. “So…”

“So,” Alex said, pushing to his feet, and for a breathless second, she thought he would stride across the kitchen and sweep her into his arms for a romance novel cover-worthy ravishing. The idea buzzed through her, setting all her nerve endings alight. But instead, he turned and headed out into the hall, saying as he went, “Staining.”

Huh? Mandy blinked after him, wondering what the heck he was talking about until she remembered the cans he’d brought up from the basement. Being busy was better than standing around thinking about Alex and his almost-kiss, so she trailed after him, asking, “Need any help?”

He stopped at the bottom of the stairs, hands full of cans and brushes. “I guess.”

“Cool.” 

They headed up to the second floor and knelt side by side at the railing. He poured stain into two small cups and handed her one. Mandy moved to the opposite end of the railing to start on a baluster, doing  her best to focus on the task at hand and not the man at the other end of the railing.  They worked their way back toward the middle and each other and once they were done, Mandy sat back on her heels, her stomach growling as the smell of garlic and roasting chicken drifted up from the kitchen. She sighed and set her cup of stain aside to wipe her hands on a piece of paper towel. “I should go check the food.”

Alex squinted at the baluster he was finishing. “I’m sorry.”

For a moment, Mandy thought she’d misheard him. “For what?”

He sighed and met her eyes at last. “For whatever that was downstairs in the kitchen. I shouldn’t have tried to kiss you.” Then he shook his head, staring down at the paintbrush he was cleaning. “I’m sorry.” 

“It’s okay,” she said, trying to play it off with a joke. “I mean after you asked me if I wanted to sleep with you, a kiss seems pretty innocent, right?”

Alex looked up at her. “This isn’t funny.”

Her shoulders slumped. “Well, not exactly the end of the world, either. I mean, we’re both adults. We like each other. We want each other. What’s wrong with that?” Then because she knew exactly what was wrong with that whole scenario, she kept on talking so she wouldn’t have to listen to him tell her he didn’t want her. “I’m kidding. We can’t sleep together. It’s too complicated. We each have our own plans for the future and neither of them involves the other. You’re staying here and I’m going to California. Who cares if the chemistry between us is off the charts? I mean, I feel it, but maybe you don’t. I just…” She stopped and took a breath, out of words at last, her hopes sinking along with her voice. “I’m sorry, too.” 

Alex set his brush aside and sat back against the wall. “We make quite a pair, don’t we?”

Mandy gave a sad little snort, settling in beside him. “We do.”

Their shoulders pressed together, and warmth spread through her side from the touch. Man, she had it bad for this guy, and that wasn’t good. 

He exhaled slowly then looked over at her. “And you don’t have anything to be sorry for.”

“Neither do you,” she said, raising her head to meet his gaze, 

Alex reached over to trace his fingers down her cheek. “You’ve got stain on your face,” 

“Oh.” Her breath caught at the wonder in his touch. “Wouldn’t want to look silly.”

“No.” He closed the gap between them at last. “Hate it when that happens.”

The first brush of his lips against hers felt featherlight, tentative, teasing. Then she groaned and slipped her fingers through his hair, pulling him closer, and he deepened the kiss, no longer gentle as she swept his tongue between her lips to taste him for the first time.  She scrambled onto his lap, unable to get enough, her chest pressed to his, heart to heart, their pulses thumping together, strong and steady. 

Kissing Alex was too much. Kissing him would never be enough.

Kissing him was…

Over.

Reviewers are loving WORTH THE WAIT:

“Worth the Wait is a FANTASTIC romance with a “stuck together” trope! This author never disappoints.” ~ Miss W Book Reviews
 
“Worth the Wait, by Traci Douglass (Entangled: Bliss), is just a really very good story with believable and relatable characters and a different kind of wounded hero.” ~ Maria, Goodreads
 
“…a moving, fun, witty and emotional story filled with fabulous banter and a sensual pull… very easy characters to become friends with and I can highly recommend it.” ~ Helen S., Goodreads
 
“All around beautiful romance about falling in love when you least expect it.” ~ Living My Best Book Life

“This was a WONDERFUL book to read and it was very easy to connect with the characters. I would certainly recommend!” ~ Harlequin Junkie, Top Pick

Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Romance Novels

Together… Apart!

One of the things l love most about being a Harlequin/Mills & Boon author is the sense of family amongst all the authors and editors. Especially now, during the pandemic, when everything seems topsy-turvy and we’re missing the things we used to take for granted, like going to lunch with friends or having a night out on the town.

A highlight of being a professional author are the many conferences throughout the year, where you can meet and mingle with other authors and industry professionals and readers. As with other large gatherings, most (if not all) conferences are cancelled for 2020 and many for 2021 as well as we await a COVID vaccine and news that we can safely attend such things again.

But the team at Harlequin/Mills & Boon made sure that the members on their team, including editors and authors, still had opportunities to network and have a bit of fun–virtually! The first of these happened this past Wednesday with an online Summer Social for all the Medical and Romance authors in the US, UK, and Canada. A separate social will be held this upcoming week for the authors in Australia and New Zealand.

There were about twenty of us who Zoom’ed over an hour and a half this past week and it was lovely! We got to chat with each other from all over the world, have a drink or a cuppa or whatever (depending on the timezone 😉), and even play a quiz–which was WAY harder that should be allowed for a weekday morning. LOL!

Here’s a screen shot of us all during the quiz… (thus the stern, befuddled looks on all our faces) 🤔😂🤣

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Anyway, it was super fun, and so nice to see everyone and forget about the stress in the world right now. They’ve got more virtual events planned for later this year as well and I look forward to attending those too!

For now, I’m back to writing my next Medicals book, a duet about two adopted brothers set during hurricane season in the Florida Keys, and getting ready for my next release with the line, book 2 of the Royal Christmas at Seattle General. It’s my first continuity and I’m so excited to share a world with such talented Medicals authors as Alison Roberts, Louisa George, and Charlotte Hawkes. You can check out the blurb for my book and the amazing cover below. If you enjoy brooding, widowed heroes, smart, savvy heroines, and opposites attract tropes, then you’ll love Neurosurgeon’s Christmas to Remember! 

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Christmastime with a stranger—

A lifetime together?

Neurosurgeon Maxwell is determined to atone for the one life he couldn’t save…his late wife’s. Set to perform delicate surgery on a king, Max finds himself shadowed by PR director Ayanna. They must work together to keep the king’s case a secret. But when Ayanna temporarily moves in to Max’s apartment, they face a very different type of tension—their undeniable attraction!

Royal Christmas at Seattle General

Book 1: Falling for the Secret Prince by Alison Roberts

Book 2: Neurosurgeon’s Christmas to Remember by Traci Douglass

Book 3: The Bodyguard’s Christmas Proposal by Charlotte Hawkes

Book 4: The Princess’s Christmas Baby by Louisa George

Until next time, stay safe and healthy and connected and…
HAPPY READING! 😊
What are you looking forward to doing once the lockdown is over? Tell me below! ❤️
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All the colors of the rainbow 🏳️‍🌈

Happy June! And Happy Pride Month! 🏳️‍🌈

2020 has been quite a year so far, huh? Fires, viruses, protests. Sometimes it feels like darkness and dread are encroaching everywhere.

But in the midst of shadows, there is still light. 🌈

I’m not gay, but I am an ally to all on the LGBTQA+ spectrum and to celebrate the struggle and achievements of this vibrant community, I want to share my Top 7 favorite male-male romance series reads with you today! 😊

A Charm of Magpie series by K.J. Charles 

Historical Paranormal/Fantasy m/m romance at its best, this series follows Lord Crane, a nobleman in trouble, and Stephen Day, a magician in turmoil. The two are drawn together to solve a number of supernatural cases that could cost them both their relationship and their lives. Lucien and Stephen’s chemistry and connection sizzles off the page. Check them out here!

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Whyborne and Griffin series by Jordan L. Hawk

Another wonderful Historical Paranormal/Fantasy m/m romance series, this one featuring a more Lovecraftian feel. Taking place in Victorian-era Widdershins, Massachusetts, it follows reclusive scholar Percival Endicott Whyborne and private detective Griffin Flaherty as they battle fantastical otherworldly monsters and fall in love along the way. Click here to see more!

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Agents Irish and Whiskey series by Layla Reyne

This one is contemporary romantic suspense and features lots of high-octane action to keep you on the edge of your seat! FBI agent Aidan “Irish” Talley and his new partner, agent Jameson “Whiskey” Walker, track down terrorists and slowly succumb to the undeniable, inevitable attraction between them. Read more here!

 

All’s Fair series by Josh Lanyon

I love all of Josh Lanyon’s books (not gonna lie), but this was the first series I read and you never forget your first, right? 😉 Anywho, this is another contemporary romantic suspense series that will keep you guessing as injured and sidelined FBI agent Elliot Mills is forced to partner with his ex-lover, agent Tucker Lance to find an obsessive killer who has his targets set on Elliot. Get more info here!

 

Society of Gentlemen series by K.J. Charles

Another series by K.J. Charles, these Historical romances set during Regency England are rich in detail and brimming with heat and passion as they follow a group of men through a time torn by war, poverty and social unrest. Sounds a bit familiar, eh? Find out more here!

 

Turner Series by Cat Sebastian

These loosely connected Historical romances are delightful romps through the Regency period filled with familiar tropes like opposites attract, hidden identity, and wounded warrior with a unique m/m twist! Get them here!

 

Sins of the City series by K.J. Charles

Yeah, this author hit my list THREE times because I LOVE me some K.J. Charles. Sins of the City is full of pulpy goodness, reminiscent of the Victorian-era penny dreadfuls. With a wonderfully diverse cast of main characters, these books take place in 1873 London and feature, in the author’s words, “…lots of plots, shenanigans, murder, mystery, fog, secrets, and scandals) What’s not to love about that? More information available here!

 

Okay. So, those are some of my favorite m/m reads. Hopefully, I’ve given you some new books to add to your TBR pile or enticed you to take a chance on a new type of romance that maybe you haven’t tried before. I promise you won’t be disappointed with any titles from these amazing authors! 🏳️‍🌈

Do you have any favorite m/m reads? Let me know below in the comments! 🤓 📚

Until next time, Happy Reading! ❤️

Traci 🙂

 

Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Romance Novels

Check-in From Home & an Exclusive Excerpt – Their Hot Hawaiian Fling

Hi everyone!

Hope you all are staying safe and well during these strange, COVID-19 times. As a full-time writer, I’m used to working from home and generally don’t have an issue with keeping to myself indoors. But I guess it’s human nature that whenever someone tells us we CAN’T do something, then that seems to be the ONLY thing we want to do.

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Yet even in these dark times, I have gotten some good news as well. Like the fact that my upcoming May 2020 release is my 5th book for the Medicals line…YAY!!! I swear it seems like just yesterday I was busily working through endless revise & resubmit requests from the editors in the UK, praying someday I’d get THE CALL. And now, Book Five is coming out next month. Still seems a bit unreal that I get to say I’m a Harlequin author as it’s been a life-long dream of mine. Thanks to everyone who’s taken a chance and read one of my books. It’s because of you that I get to keep doing this amazing job! #sograteful #soblessed

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Also, I got word from my editor that my sixth book with the line was accepted too, so WOOHOO. That one is a Christmas story and part of a continuity with three other incredible Medicals authors that will be out starting in November 2020. More on that in future posts, so stay tuned!

Anyway, back to my May release, Their Hot Hawaiian Fling. This book was so much fun to write. I love my heroine, Leilani, a native Hawaiian ER doc who’s smart and determined and snarky, and my swoon-worthy wounded hero, trauma surgeon Holden. These are two people who have been through some serious stuff and hate to let their guard down and be vulnerable. So, of course, that’s exactly what’s required in order to get their HEA. Along the way to love, they visit some gorgeous Honolulu locales, eat lots of yummy native cuisine, and have some run-ins with Lelani’s pet parrot, Mo, who has learned to curse in three languages! LOL.

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So, if you’re looking for a virtual escape from the confines of your house to beautiful Hawaii for a few hours, then please consider picking up a copy of Their Hot Hawaiian Fling. To whet your appetite, here’s an exclusive excerpt from the book:

“How much have you had to drink tonight, sir?” she asked, glancing up.

“Few beers,” the patient said, shrugging.

The scent of booze had been heavy on his breath, and Leilani raised a skeptical brow. Based on his delayed reaction times during her exam and his uncoordinated movements, he’d had way more than he was letting on. “And?”

“A couple shots of whiskey.”

“And?”

His lips went thin.

Right. Her simmering anger notched higher. The fact someone could be so reckless as to get behind the wheel when they were obviously impaired sent a fresh wave of furious adrenaline through her.

Movements stiff with tension, she set her tablet aside and returned to the bandages on the guy’s forehead, peeling them back to reveal a large bruise and several small cuts. She dictated her findings as she went. “On exam there are no obvious skull fractures. Several small lacerations to the forehead and a golf-ball-sized hematoma over the left eye. No obvious foreign bodies seen in the wounds, though we’ll need the X-rays to confirm. Sutures aren’t necessary, but Pam, can you please clean and dress this again.” She glanced over at the EMTs once more. “You said he hit the windshield?”

“Glass starred from the impact.”

“Okay. Let’s examine your spine next, Mr. Chambers.”

“No.” He attempted to climb off the bed again. “I want to go home.”

“You’re not going anywhere until I sign the discharge papers and the police release you from custody,” Leilani said, leveraging her weight to hold her uncooperative patient down. People always assumed because she was petite she couldn’t handle it if things got rough. What those same folks didn’t know was that she was an excellent kickboxer and had already survived way more hardship than most people faced in a lifetime. She was more than capable of fighting her own battles.

“Cops? Aw. Hell. No.” The patient gave Leilani a quick once-over. “What are you, ten?”

“Thirty-four, actually.” She opened his brace with one hand and carefully palpated his neck with the other, moving her fingers along his spine before cupping his head and turning it slowly from side to side. “No step-offs. Pam please order a stat spinal series as well, since he complained of difficulty walking at the accident scene. Mr. Chambers, were you wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident?”

“Nah. Don’t like them. Too confining.”

That was kind of the point. Seat belts saved lives. She was proof.

The phlebotomist finished drawing her last vial of blood, then placed a bandage on the patient’s arm. “I’ll get this right up to the lab, Dr. Kim.”

“Thanks.” Leilani picked up her tablet once more. “Patient has a possible concussion and will need observation for the next twenty-four hours. Pam, make sure the jail can accommodate that order.”

“Will do, Doc,” Pam said.

“I ain’t going to jail,” Mr. Chambers snarled.

“The police might think differently. You caused quite a bit of property damage, from what I’ve been told, and this isn’t your first offense.” Leilani rubbed the nape of her neck, her fingers brushing over the scar there. Twenty years since the accident that had changed her life forever, but the memories still brought a fresh wave of pain.

“Police are ready to question the patient whenever you’re finished, Dr. Kim,” Pam said, hiking her head toward the two uniformed officers standing just outside the door.

“Okay.” Leilani turned back to the patient. “Almost done, Mr. Chambers. Just a few more questions.”

“Not saying another word,” the man said, his scowl dark. “Told you I know my rights.”

“Anything I can help with, Dr. Kim?” a new voice said, deep and distracting as hell.

Leilani turned to see Dr. Holden Ross wedging his way between the cops and into the room as Pam was leaving to call in her orders. Ugh. Just what she didn’t need. The ER’s new locum tenens trauma surgeon barging into her case uninvited. He’d only been here a month, so perhaps he didn’t know any better, but it still irked her. She didn’t do well with people overstepping her boundaries. She’d worked hard to put up those walls over the years, both professionally and personally. Letting people too close only meant a world of hurt and trouble when they left. And in Leilani’s experience, everyone left eventually. Sometimes with no warning at all.

The fact his gorgeous smile filled her stomach with anxious butterflies had nothing to do with it.

She straightened and smoothed her hand down the front of her white lab coat, giving him a polite smile to cover her annoyance. “No. I’ve got it, thank you, Dr. Ross. Just finishing up.”

“Got something you can finish up right here, darlin’.” The patient shot her a lewd look and grabbed his crotch.

How charming. Not.

Holden’s expression quickly sharpened as he moved to the patient’s bedside, his limp drawing her attention once more. She wondered what had caused it before she could stop herself, though it was none of her business. His metal cane clinked against the bedside rails as he glared down into the drunken man’s face, his stern frown brimming with warning. “Show Dr. Kim some respect. She’s here to save your life.”

“I appreciate your concern, Dr. Ross,” Leilani said, clearing her throat. “But I’ve got this. I’m sure there are other patients for you to deal with.”

“Actually, I’m just coming on shift.” He leaned back, his gaze still locked on the patient. “Fill me in on this guy, so I can take over after you leave.”

Darn. He was right. Her shift was over soon, and she needed to get home and rest. Leilani looked over at her colleague again. Holden looked as fresh and bright as a new penny, while she probably looked as ragged as she felt. Add in the fact she seemed irrationally aware of his presence today—not just as a colleague, but as a man—and her stress levels skyrocketed.

The last thing she needed right now was an ill-advised attraction to her coworker.

Distracted, Leilani turned away to futz with her tablet. “What time is it now?”

“Quarter past six,” Holden said, moving around the bed to stand next to her. He propped a hip against the edge of the counter, using his cane to take the weight off his right leg. “Your shift ended fifteen minutes ago.”

Dun, dun, dun… LOL!

To keep reading, order your copy of Their Hot Hawaiian Fling now: http://bit.ly/2UhPsQP

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And until next time, I’ll leave you with this traditional Hawaiian blessing, which also happens to be the dedication in my book:

“May there always be warmth in your hale, fish in your net, and aloha in your heart.”

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Happy Reading! #staysafestayhome

Traci 🙂

Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Romance Novels

Worth the Wait (+ Giveaway!)

Hi all! 😊

How’s your 2020 going? Good, I hope. For me the year’s been… a lot. LOL. And it’s only February. But it seems like January went on forever. 🙄

Maybe it’s the winter. Less light, shorter days, feeling rushed all the time to fit in everything that I need or want to do. My creativity doesn’t flow as well when everything around seems frozen. Plus, between the entire world burning–literally and figuratively–yeah. Bring on Spring. Please!!! 🌸🌼🌺

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Anyway, in the midst of all this, there have been some bright spots, including the upcoming March 9th release of my second sweet romance with Entangled Bliss. This book is one that has been with me a LONG time. And by long, I mean like seven years. I first conceived the idea for this book way back in 2013. It was my first try at a contemporary romance and I wanted a challenge. So, I wondered what type of hero would be a tough sell to readers. Not the Alpha-hole. That’s been done. But maybe one with an odd occupation. A job you don’t normally read about in romance.

How about a tax man? Yep. You heard that right. The IRS. LOL.

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Sounds challenging enough, right?

Once I locked that in I went to my heroine. What kind of woman would drive this man to distraction and also make him stand up and take notice (pun intended)? 😉

How about a flighty actress who gets hives if she settles in one spot too long? (Opposites attract trope anyone?)

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Bingo.

Next, I needed to figure out a way to bring these two people together. I tried all sorts of things that ended up not working at all. Art thefts, bungled finances, cons of every variety. But nothing felt right. Nothing stuck.

Then real life got in the way, as it so often does, and this manuscript went on hold. When I got back to it, my heart and brain were in different places. I was busy getting my MFA in Writing Popular Fiction and decided to use this story as my thesis novel to see if I could make it work . I tried again to make the pieces fit and became even more discouraged when they didn’t. Everyone loved the beginning–the “Meet Cute” where my heroine is dressed like a giant germ. (Yes, you read that correctly, LOL 🦠). Different versions of the story were requested by editors and it even placed in the Top 50 of Harlequin’s So You Think You Can Write contest one year. But after the first chapter, things fell apart. Ugh. So frustrating. So confidence crushing. (I did pass my MFA though. Whew. 😉)

Fast forward to 2017. After lots of struggle, I was publishing again. Yay! I had a new paranormal series out with Tule Publishing. I was working with editors at Harlequin/Mills & Boon, going back and forth with revisions on a story that would eventually become my debut book with the Medicals line in August of 2018, One Night With the Army Doc. And I was contracted by Entangled Bliss to write a new sweet contemporary romance for them called How to Seduce A Bad Boy.

Things were looking up so I decided to pull this story out again. I dusted it off, for the bazillionth time, and made a few tweaks. With fresh eyes, I saw where the problems were, even if I still wasn’t sure how to fix them. I had my agent send it over to my editor at Entangled to see she was interested. Thankfully, she was. We signed a contract and got started. Then she left Entangled in 2018. Uh oh. I feared this book was doomed again, but I was determined to see it through because I loved it . Luckily, my new editor felt the same way.

We worked on revisions, making changes and adding in higher stakes. My dashing tax man became a wounded warrior, injured in the line of duty and dealing with major anxiety issues. My flighty actress returned to her hometown to settle her beloved mother’s estate and discovers her mother left her half a house, which sets off her commitment phobia. Plus, her new co-owner? None other than my sexy tax man. Did I mention they’re also ex-step-siblings? Uh huh. She wants to sell the house and get to Hollywood. He wants to keep it and restore it to its former glory to prove he’s still capable. Not to mention her old crush on him and his determination to stay alone.

Talk about tension. Yes! At last my book baby had a revving engine with two characters I loved. This story is funny and sweet and emotional. It deals with issues that are real and true and not always easy. But finally, this story will be out in the world and honestly, the title does say it all: The best things in life are Worth the Wait. ❤️❤️❤️

Here’s the blurb and cover. I’d love for you to check it out and let me know what you think! 🤓 📚 The Pre-order link is below, as well as a Goodreads link, if you’d like to add it to your TBR pile.

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Blurb:

Mandy Reynolds needs a reset on life in so many ways. Her acting career isn’t exactly where she’d hoped it to be. She can’t even get a job as a germ for a commercial. When she inherits half a house she sees it as a sign and heads home to Heavenly Falls, Illinois. She’ll sell the house, and use the money to take her career to the next level in Los Angeles. That is if she can convince her hard-headed––and stupidly gorgeous–– ex-stepbrother, Alex Noonan, to sell fast.

The last time Alex saw Mandy, she was a gangly teen, who followed him around like a sad puppy. But she’s grown into a smart and funny woman, who is as frustrating as she is beautiful. The fact that they have to live in the house––together––while they fix it up, is one temptation he doesn’t need. And while he’s having fun spending time with her, she’s moving on soon, and he needs time to heal.

Plus, she has no idea he’s got a secret that could put a monkey wrench in all of her plans…

ADD WORTH THE WAIT TO YOUR GOODREADS TBR PILE

PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY OF WORTH THE WAIT HERE

GIVEAWAY TIME!!! 

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Is there something wonderful in your own life you worked for and waited on for a long time before finally having it happen? Tell me in the comments and I’ll select two lucky winners to receive a digital copy of Worth the Wait!  (Open internationally. Winners will be selected on 2/24/20 and notified by email) Good Luck! 🍀

Until next time, Happy Reading!

Traci 😊

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Special Deal Alerts– Get ’em while they’re HOT!!! 🔥🔥🔥

Hi All!

Just popping in to let you know about two fabulous deals happening now on my books, just in time for the holidays. Stock up your e-reader and treat yourself to some fun reads! 🤓 📚 ❤️

First up:

A MISTLETOE KISS FOR THE SINGLE DAD is my first holiday book for the Medicals line and holds a special place in my heart because of the setting of the book. (To learn more about that, check out this post from me from earlier this year!)

Anyway, I’m so grateful and thrilled that my book was chosen by Harlequin to be part of this special Holiday Sale where lots of wonderful books from across all the series lines are available for just $1.99 each through December 10th!

Here’s all the details so you can get your copy before the price rises again!

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Blurb:

Second Chance…

…under the mistletoe!

GP Nick Marlowe returned to his hometown to focus on raising his young son. The last person he expects to see in Bayside is high-flying Beverly Hills surgeon Belle! The childhood sweetheart he let go so she could pursue her dream of attending medical school. Only working side-by-side to reopen her late aunt’s free Christmas Eve clinic their magical connection returns… Could a mistletoe kiss spark another chance—just in time for Christmas?

“This is the third book I’ve now read by Ms. Douglass and I’ve got to say that she pens such heartfelt and wonderful stories….and I loved the path this couple took from start to finish. The way this story started drew me into the story immediately and had me reading quickly….”

Harlequin Junkie on Finding Her Forever Family

“…Ms. Douglass has delivered an absolutely engaging and unputdownable read in this book…the chemistry between this couple was powerful; the romance was nicely-detailed and had me loving the special connection these two have….”

Harlequin Junkie on One Night with the Army Doc

GET YOUR COPY HERE FOR $1.99 THROUGH DECEMBER 10TH!

Second:

My first book with Entangled Bliss, HOW TO SEDUCE A BAD BOY, is also on sale as part of a special holiday promotion featuring 25 awesome books from across their category imprints for just $0.99 each! There’s really something for everyone in this sale, including my sweet, small-town romance featuring a librarian named Melody who’s looking to pull a My Fair Lady-ish makeover on herself and recruits the local bad boy, Adam, to help. The fact he’s also her older brother’s best friend and the guy she’s been crushing on since high school makes for interesting (and romantic) times…

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Blurb:

She’s ready to break all the rules…

Melody Bryant has heard it all before. Sure, she’s the epitome of the stereotype for a librarian. Loves order. Loves rules and deadlines. Loves books. But what she doesn’t love is still being a virgin at twenty-four. Unfortunately, the only guy she’s ever been interested in turned her down flat. And then left town. Eight. Years. Ago. Ugh.

Now her birthday is fast approaching, and she just can’t take it any longer. She’s finding a guy before her birthday in five weeks, or she’s adopting two more cats and fully embracing becoming “the crazy cat lady.”

But when her latest date ends in epic failure—everyone thinks of her as the “proper librarian”—she realizes what she needs is to ruin her reputation. And she knows the perfect guy to help her: the baddest bad boy in town. This Army vet won’t know what hit him…

Absolutely endearing! The story was great but the characters were five star! The author really does spin a sweet story that was enjoyable and fun.” -Loreal’s Books

“This is a sweet read that will melt your heart.” -Becky W., Goodreads

“This was a sweet romance that had me smiling.” -Erin L., Goodreads

“This book is sweet, savvy and seductive.  It was a great read!” -Louise B., Goodreads

“What a fun, romantic, witty read from a new author to me, this is my first Traci Douglass book and it won’t be my last I really enjoyed How to Seduce a Bad Boy!’ -=Jackie W., NetGalley

GET YOUR COPY FOR JUST $0.99 THROUGH JANUARY 3RD!

And that’s if for me this month (and year…LOL!). Wishing all our wonderful Medical authors, readers, and editors a fantastic holiday season and a happy, productive, and prosperous New Year!

See you in 2020! ❤️ 😊

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Traci 🙂

 

 

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Globetrotting – Author-style…

Hi everyone! 😊

As a self-employed, freelance writer, I don’t always have the budget to travel the world as I’d like. But imagination is my bread and butter, and the next deadline is always looming, so I put both things to good use when planning out my books–especially the settings!

I’ve just turned in revisions on my fifth book for Medicals (so hard to believe! I still pinch myself every day to make sure I’ve really reached one of my biggest dreams of becoming a Harlequin author ❤️). Anyway, after spending three of my books for the line in Alaska, and one in snowy, wintery Michigan, I decided to go tropical for this next milestone book.

Hawaii has always been on my bucket list of places to visit, and while I can’t afford to go quite yet in real life, I had a blast researching all the cool locations on Oahu that I plan to hit when I do eventually get there. (Believe into existence, right?) Places like:

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Ehukai Park and the Banzai Pipeline

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USS Arizona Memorial and Pearl Harbor

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The gorgeous Manoa Falls Hiking Trail

Book 5, however, won’t be out until Spring 2020, so where else have I been exploring?

Well, for my next release, A Weekend with Her Fake Fiance (releasing January 1, 2020), I revisited Alaska. But instead of staying in Anchorage, as my first two books did, this story  takes place at a fictional luxury resort, The Arctic Star, in the far north of the state. It’s owned by my hero’s family, though he’s kept that secret from everyone because… reasons.  LOL. Anyway, this book also has a fabulous fake relationship trope and features paramedic Zac Taylor (whom you might remember from books 1 and 2 that were set in my Anchorage Mercy world) and midwife Carmen Sanchez–she needs a fiance pronto because she may have lied just a little to her potential new bosses (oops 😉). This book’s location was so much fun to research, and talk about a picturesque weekend getaway, eh? Take a look at these photos of the actual resort I based my fictional Arctic Star on…

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Not too shabby, right? Someday I’ll visit for real. Until then, I’ll continue to live vicariously through my book research and visit every corner of the globe! Hey, it’s cheap, easy, and always comes with a Happily Ever After! ❤️

What’s your dream vacation location? Tell me in the comments below. I’d love to hear all about it! 💖

Until next time, Happy Reading! 🤓 📚

Traci 🙂

Out Now:

BOOKOct1  Second Chance…

…under the mistletoe!

GP Nick Marlowe returned to his hometown to focus on raising his young son. The last person he expects to see in Bayside is high-flying Beverly Hills surgeon Belle! The childhood sweetheart he let go so she could pursue her dream of attending medical school. Only working side-by-side to reopen her late aunt’s free Christmas Eve clinic their magical connection returns… Could a mistletoe kiss spark another chance—just in time for Christmas?

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Coming January 1, 2020:

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…become her husband for life?

To secure the job of her dreams, midwife Carmen Sanchez needs a fiancé, and fast! Paramedic Zac Taylor should be the last man she asks—there’s nothing fake about the attraction between them! Yet while lone wolf Zac might not be interested in forever, he pulls out all the stops to play fiancé of the year—and their make-believe engagement starts to feel all too real…

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The Past… Revisited!

My 3rd book with Medicals releases on October 1st and I still have to pinch myself daily that I’ve been blessed enough to write for this wonderful line and that I get to call myself a Harlequin author. ❤️ Thank you to all the readers who allow me to do what I love! ❤️

This next release is special to me for a lot of reasons. The characters, the second chance at love for my characters, the holiday theme and all the joy and magic, grief and memories the season can conjure. But probably one of the reasons I love this book most is because of the setting in which the story takes place. It holds a deeply special place in my heart because the fictional town of Bayside is based on a very real resort town on the shores of Lake Michigan called Pentwater.

 

From the time I was born, my family (meaning my mom and dad, me, plus assorted aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents–all of us) would make an annual pilgrimage to this picturesque village for at least two weeks each summer. Most of us would camp at the gorgeous state park there, within walking distance of the lake, hemmed in by huge sand dunes that could amuse kids of all ages for hours.

 

And in case you think I’m exaggerating about the “camping since birth” thing or the size of our family gatherings there…

 

The first picture here is me at one year old, already an intrepid Pentwater camper. The second is from the campground at Mears State Park from the late sixties. The third photo is from a more recent family reunion at Pentwater, while the bottom one shows our family’s original contingent on the beach at the state park back in the 50s.

Anyway, with all this history, when the opportunity came to set Nick and Belle’s reunion romance in such a special place from my childhood, I couldn’t resist. I did change some of the shop and park names, to protect the innocent (LOL!), but each of them is based on a real location. Today, I thought I’d share my inspiration for some of the key locations in the story with you all!

First up the downtown area of Bayside, including Pat’s Diner and some of the other stores and restaurants, which were based on real-life Pentwater’s quaint Main Street:

 

 

Next is the community park and bandstand where Nick and Belle’s famous “mistletoe kiss” takes place… (these are from the summer, but imagine the area all decorated for the holidays and covered in snow)

 

And finally, Old Baldy. A real nature trail, within Mears State Park, where you can hike to the top of the massive dune and look out over the whole area. Nick and Belle watch the sunrise from here, wrapped in blanket and each other’s arms, after a special night together…

So, there you have it. A little glimpse into my past and my inspiration for A Mistletoe Kiss for the Single Dad! Do you have a special place from your past where you return time and again? If so, I’d love to hear about it! Tell me in the comments below. ❤️

Until next time, Happy Reading!

~Traci

A Mistletoe Kiss for the Single Dad

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Second Chance…

…under the mistletoe!

GP Nick Marlowe returned to his hometown to focus on raising his young son. The last person he expects to see in Bayside is high-flying Beverly Hills surgeon Belle! The childhood sweetheart he let go so she could pursue her dream of attending medical school. Only working side-by-side to reopen her late aunt’s free Christmas Eve clinic their magical connection returns… Could a mistletoe kiss spark another chance—just in time for Christmas?

“This is the third book I’ve now read by Ms. Douglass and I’ve got to say that she pens such heartfelt and wonderful stories….and I loved the path this couple took from start to finish. The way this story started drew me into the story immediately and had me reading quickly….”

Harlequin Junkie on Finding Her Forever Family

“…Ms. Douglass has delivered an absolutely engaging and unputdownable read in this book…the chemistry between this couple was powerful; the romance was nicely-detailed and had me loving the special connection these two have….”

Harlequin Junkie on One Night with the Army Doc

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🏁 Vroom, Vroom and some EMT love! 🏎️

Hi All! 😊

Here in the US, it’s the start of summer season. Days are warm and long and plenty of outdoor activities abound, including tons of outdoor sports.

Truthfully, though, I’m not a huge sports fan. I like gymnastics and diving and skating and watching the Olympics when they’re on—all the usual non-sports-fan type sports. LOL. But one thing I do like watching is auto racing. Maybe it’s all the fast cars or the gorgeous drivers or the adrenaline rush of peril on the track.

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Anyway, whatever the reason, it’s a Memorial Day tradition for my household to watch the Indianapolis 500 each year. Honestly, if you live in Indiana, it’s kind of a requirement, I suppose. And one of my favorite Indy car drivers is James Hinchcliffe. 😍

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Funny, smart, kind, and hard-working, he’s kind of the whole package, in my opinion. And I may or may not be using him as hero material for a future romance. It would be easy enough to replace that racing suit with scrubs and a lab coat, right? 😉 Plus, the guy went on Dancing With the Stars and made it all the way to the finals. As a former professional ballroom dancer myself, that made me crush on him even more. ❤️

Recently, James took on a new project. After sustaining serious injuries in a crash during the qualifying rounds for the 2015 Indianapolis 500 that kept him off the racing circuit for the rest of that season, he developed a deep respect for all those tireless caregivers working in the medical profession. So, this year he began a collaboration with IU Health in Indianapolis to do a six-part series of short video interviews with First Responders called Stretcher Interviews. They are funny and informative and shine a light on these well-deserving professionals who are so often overlooked in the bigger medical picture. So far, there have been three videos released and I’ve linked them below for you to enjoy!

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Stretcher Interview – #2

Stretcher Interview – #3

And be sure to check out James’s Facebook page as well for future episodes of Stretcher Interviews:
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Finally, in case you missed it, my latest Medical Romance released on May 1st. If you’ve not picked up a copy yet and are looking for a heartwarming, emotional, touching beach read with a hot OB doc, a feisty trauma nurse, and a snarky tween this summer, check out FINDING HER FOREVER FAMILY:

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A nurse to heal his heart…

…and complete his family.

After losing her mother to a hereditary illness, trauma nurse Wendy Smith vowed never to risk having a family of her own. So acting on her instant attraction to sexy single dad Dr. Tom Faber is a definite no! But through her unexpected connection with his daughter, Wendy grows closer to Tom and their chemistry intensifies…along with her longing for her own family—with him!

Get Your Copy Here: https://www.books2read.com/FindingHerForeverFamily

Until next time, wishing everyone Happy Reading!

Traci 😊

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Exclusive Excerpt: Finding Her Forever Family

Hi All!

Since my latest release with Medicals hits shelves on May 1st, I thought I’d share an exclusive snippet from the story with you all today. Finding Her Forever Family was such a pleasure to write. I LOVE Wendy and Tom and their journey to find love and healing together, along with Tom’s daughter Sam, is funny and sweet and sad and difficult, just like in real life. I hope you’ll enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Until next time, Happy Reading! ❤️

Traci 😊

51Vx27yB3uL A nurse to heal his heart…

…and complete his family.

After losing her mother to a hereditary illness, trauma nurse Wendy Smith vowed never to risk having a family of her own. So acting on her instant attraction to sexy single dad Dr. Tom Faber is a definite no! But through her unexpected connection with his daughter, Wendy grows closer to Tom and their chemistry intensifies…along with her longing for her own family—with him!

“This medical romance has everything your looking for in a good romance…Traci Douglass has crafted such well developed characters, I was definitely rooting for them and thinking about them long after the book was over.”

— Goodreads on One Night with the Army Doc

Pre-Order Your Copy Here: Finding Her Forever Family

 

Exclusive Excerpt:

Another hour passed, and Wendy found herself flagging, in desperate need of coffee. She glanced at the clock and found it was nearly four in the morning now. The last time Carmen had checked, Aiyana had been dilated to about six centimeters, but her water still hadn’t broken. Without that step, this could take quite a bit longer.

She shook Ned’s shoulder as he slept curled in the room’s recliner. He mumbled, “Push?”

Wendy snorted. “I’m getting coffee. Want some?”

He shook his head and closed his eyes again, shoving his head against a pillow.
The ride to the basement was eerie this late at night with the place all but deserted. She walked to the cafeteria and grabbed a cup of horrible coffee that would at least buy her a little alert time.

“Hey,” a voice said behind her at the register.

She turned to find Tom, his blue eyes twinkling.

“You got some too.” He raised the cup in his hands. “Liquid energy.”

From what he’d said earlier, he still had a handful of hours left of his shift. He looked as exhausted as she felt. His name tag was askew, hanging from the pocket of his scrubs, and his hair tousled, as if he’d just gotten out of bed. Which made her think of other places he might look so disheveled, say, naked and sleepy between her sheets. And, oh, boy…

Thank goodness he couldn’t read minds or they’d both be in trouble.

Then again, Wendy had a feeling being around Tom too much would mean trouble for her no matter what, seeing as how she was drawn to him for no good reason. They barely knew each other and the last thing she wanted was a distraction from what Aiyana was going through.

And Tom Farber was most assuredly distracting.

“Want to sit a minute?” he asked.

She considered turning him down, but the thought of returning to the room upstairs to stare at the same four walls was not appealing. A few more minutes wouldn’t hurt anything. “I suppose I can, since Aiyana’s sleeping right now.”

“Good.”

“They strolled toward a spot near the back wall of the room.

Tom took the chair across from her at their table for two and Wendy clasped her cup between her hands like a mini-shield between them.

He exhaled slowly and rubbed his eyes. “Maternity must be a nice change from the ER.”
“Yep.” Wendy watched him closely, noting there was no ring on his finger. No tan line either. Not that she cared. She wasn’t interested in his marital status. “What about you? Anything exciting happening in L&D tonight? Besides the impending arrival of the newest members of the Smith clan?”

Tom flashed her a crooked, endearing smile then shook his head. “Nah, not really. I handled a VBAC that got a bit tricky toward the end, but it’s all good.”

“Cool.” Wendy gulped some more coffee, searching for something to say. “Are you from Anchorage originally?”

“I am. Left to go to med school in Boston, but I’m back now. With my daughter, of course.”

“Oh, Sam’s a great kid.” Wendy smiled.

“I think so too. Even if she doesn’t think the same about me.” He looked at her, his expression a mix of warmth and wariness. “How about you?”

“What? Kids?” Wendy sat back. “Nope. No kids for me.”

He chuckled. “No kids now or no kids ever?”

“Ever.”

“Okay, then.” His smile grew into a grin and the results were dazzling. Warm, friendly, inviting. “I’m sensing some history there. That sounds pretty adamant.”

“It is.” And that was about as close as he was going to get to her truth. Pulse thumping loud, Wendy stood and hiked her thumb toward the exit, needing to get away from this guy before she did something stupid like tell him all about her Huntington’s. She never did that. Ever. Yet there was something about him that made her want to open up. Which was exactly why she had to go. “I, uh, should get back upstairs. Make sure Ned and Aiyana are doing okay.”

“Right. Sure.” He watched her for a long second, his expression unreadable, then pushed to his feet as well, his movements lithe and graceful. “I’ll ride with you. I’ve got other patients I need to check on.”

They walked out into the hallway side by side.

She’d no more than pushed the Up button when the doors opened. He gestured for her to get on first. She did, then fumbled for the right button, feeling awkward and out of sorts. To ease the silence between them, she cracked a joke. “If this was some TV medical drama, we’d be making out between floors.”

Wendy cringed, regretting the words the moment they’d left her mouth. God, what was it about this man that made her want to act like a such an idiot? Sure, he was nice and gorgeous and incredibly intriguing. That was no reason to go all gaga over the guy.
Must be the stress of the night. Yep. That’s what she was going with anyway.

“Is that an offer?” Tom asked, giving her some serious side-eye.

Okay. The wise thing would’ve been to ignore that comment and keep her mouth shut until the elevator ride ended. Too bad Wendy wasn’t feeling all that smart at the moment, her better judgment apparently having drained away in the wee hours of the morning. Plus, she’d been raised in a houseful of competitive guys and wasn’t about to let Dr. McHottiepants get the last word. She arched a brow in his direction, lobbing the ball right back into his court. “Do you want it to be?”

The elevator jolted to a stop, knocking him into her personal space, making heat spark through her nerve endings. His gaze bored into hers, the seconds feeling like minutes.
He took a step back as the doors opened onto the L&D floor again and he held up his hands in defeat, still clutching his coffee. “You win. I’m no good at flirting.”

Her reply came out breathier than she’d intended. “Could’ve fooled me.”