Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Romance Novels

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!

Stretcher Interview – #1

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.”

 

 

Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Romance Novels, Pets, Reading, The Writing Life

Busy, Busy, Busy… plus, Galentine’s Day!

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I don’t know about you, but 2019 has flown by for me so far.

With a book deadline on January 18th, the first few weeks were filled with all the words and getting the manuscript in shape to send in to my Medicals editor. I’m really excited about this third Medical Romance book, which will be a small-town Christmas story scheduled to release later this year. More on that later…

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Then we had the polar vortex to contend with two or so weeks ago. Here my little corner of the Midwestern US the actual temps dropped to -20 and the wind chills were -50. Definite BRRR weather!

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Plus, this Thursday is Valentine’s Day. As a current singleton, the holiday is bittersweet for me. I don’t mind being alone, for the most part, and enjoy my freedom and spending time with my dog Clara. But all the media attention and sappy commercials push it in your face all. the. time. LOL. So, I tend to go for a more Galentine’s type of day. What’s Galentine’s Day, you ask? No one describes it better than Parks & Recreation’s Leslie Knope:

So yes. Busy start to 2019 and hearts and flowers. What have you all been up to? Do you have plans for Valentine’s (or Galentine’s) Day? Please let me know in the comments. I’d love to hear from you!

Also, my next release with Medicals–Finding Her Forever Family–is set for May 1st, 2019 and follows the story of Nurse Wendy from One Night With The Army Doc. The paperback is up for pre-order now on Amazon US, with the digital version and more retailers to come!

Check out the gorgeous cover and blurb below…

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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!

Pre-order Link: https://amzn.to/2TDmaJ5

 

 

Until next time, Happy Reading!

Traci 🙂

Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Romance Novels

2018… My year of living “Mindfully”.

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Hey all!

I realize it’s still early December (and probably a bit soon for all those year-end wrap-ups) but since this is my last slot for the year, I figured I’d go ahead and share now. Plus, I’ve got a new release to tell you about and a cool freebie opportunity, if you’re inclined to read to the end of this post!

So, back at the end of 2017 there was a thing going around on Social Media about choosing a word to be your guiding star for the upcoming year rather than setting a bunch of resolutions that no one keeps anyway. I decided to hop on board this new tradition. The word I chose was Mindful.

According to Mirriam-Webster, the word mindful is defined as: inclined to be aware.

What I hoped was to live my life making better choices—in everything from food to finances. To real consider the long-term impact of whatever decision I was making instead of doing things on the fly, as is a bad habit of mine.

Did it work?

Sure, in some ways. I made a budget and stuck to it. I began cooking at home a lot more and meal-planning. I tried hard to stop and be aware as often as I could about what I was doing, why I was doing it, how I was feeling about it so I could choose where to go next.

Do I sometimes still find myself mired in doubt and depression, wondering how in the heck I ended up crying in the corner of my couch with a tub of frosting in one hand and some sappy movie on TV? Yep. But I’ve also learned (by being mindful) that it’s okay to feel those things. It’s also possible to make different choices in the future to ensure I don’t end up there again.

Will I be choosing a new guiding word for 2019? I will. I’m thinking maybe Purposeful. Which is probably good, since I just signed on to write 3 more Medicals books over the next year, so I’ll need all the discipline and time-management I can get!

How about you? Are you a resolutions type person or have you tried the guiding word? Tell me all about it in the comments!

Now for a bit of a shameless plug…

Do you love sweet, small-town romances? How about quirky librarians with the hots for their older brother’s best friend? Maybe a touch of unrequited love stirred in for fun? Then try my debut release with Entangled Bliss, HOW TO SEDUCE A BAD BOY! It doesn’t release until January 14th, 2019, but it’s available for pre-order now at the link below. Here’s the delicious cover and blurb:

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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…

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And finally, for those Medicals readers who enjoyed my debut book with the line, ONE NIGHT WITH THE ARMY DOC, and want to read more in my Anchorage Mercy world but can’t wait for the next book in my Anchorage Mercy world releasing May 2019, then here’s a special present just for you! I’ve written a holiday novella, featuring Bobby Templeton—the hockey-star patient from ONE NIGHT WITH THE ARMY DOC—who meets the woman of his dreams just before Christmas. You can get a copy FREE, just for signing up for my monthly author newsletter. Cover, blurb and link to sign-up below:

The Nurse's Holiday Goal

An Anchorage Mercy World Novella 

Their first holiday together could be their last…

Six-foot Candace Kaine has always felt like a giant, like an outsider looking in at everyone else’s normal-sized happiness. In her professional life, she’s a dedicated, hard-working, confident ER nurse, but in her personal life—after a horrendous break-up—the thought of opening herself up to another man terrifies her. Then larger-than-life hockey star Bobby Templeton convinces her to bid on him at a local bachelor charity auction, and more than snowflakes are falling between them.

Bobby wants Candace from the first moment he sees her, but when he’s injured in a game right before Christmas, he’s forced to admit he needs her help too—if he wants to keep his promise to the at-risk child he mentors and remain on his feet, since he requires round-the-clock observation for his concussion.

From decorating the tree to taking in a local production of A Christmas Carol, Candace and Bobby’s feelings for each other grow and deepen as the hours pass. But when Bobby receives a dream offer from his agent that will change his life, Candace is forced to confront her fears about relationships and must decide how far she’s willing to go to achieve her goals.

Click here to sign up and get your FREE copy today!

Cheers and Happy Holidays everyone!

May all your fondest wishes and wonderful dreams come true in the New Year!

Traci

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Get Social with Medicals!

Hello readers!

Newbie Medicals author, Traci Douglass, here to share a quick post on the ways you can connect with your favorite Medicals authors around social media. Besides our lovely blog here, we’ve also got more options to choose from.

Facebook:

Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Romance Authors Page

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Here you can interact with our authors, share comments on posts, and see all of our new releases each month. Stay tuned for more exciting developments coming in the future from this page… Be sure to “Like” our page to get all the latest buzz on Medicals!

 

Goodreads:

Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Romance – Love Is The Best Medicine Group

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This is our brand new “official” group for Medical Romance readers. Each month we’ll update the group with new releases and its a spot for readers to discuss their favorite reads and share topics with other avid Medicals fans, as well as interact with our authors. Please join us in the group and introduce yourself!

 

Twitter:

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Read a great Medicals and want to tweet about it? Want to let your followers know how much you love your favorite hot docs? Be sure to use the hashtags #HarlequinMedicals and/or #MedicalRomance to add it to the feed and join the conversation! Also, be sure to follow @HarlequinBooks, @MillsandBoon, and @MillsandBoonAUS for all the latest updates from your favorite publishers!

Until next time, see you around the web!

Traci 🙂