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Things to enjoy

Winter – wet and cold, sitting around the fire and eating (or do you drink) lots of soup. I love making different types of soup: pea and ham, pumpkin, corn and leek, and loads more.

Looking forward to a trip to Port Douglas, Australia, next month. To get a dose of heat and wear clothes without sleeves and avoid all the layers that go with winter. Yes, I like winter, but hey, a dollop of sun doesn’t hurt. No soup there though. Think I’ll enjoy the prawns instead. Aussie prawns are the best.

Hearing how my six year old grandson is taking to skiing like the proverbial duck to water. Maybe a champion in he making??? No pressure, wee man.

And my next book due out in September. Taking a Chance on the Single Dad is set in Vancouver, one of my favourite cities. I spent six months there years ago and hope to get back for a visit sometime. Meanwhile, I’ve visited it through this story.

Dare she risk her heart with him – All over again? ER doc Brenna Williamson was heartbroken when her fiancé, paramedic Hunter Ford, left her behind to support his demanding parents. Now adrenaline junkie Brenna chases thrills but keeps her heart safe! Until Hunter, now a single dad, walks back into her life… Working together once again sets her pulse racing. There’s still chemistry between them, but dare she hope that this time he’ll stay-forever?

I had a blast writing this story, and hope readers enjoy it as much. It took me back to Vancouver and the memories I have of great times in the city and trekking out in the hills. We call trekking tramping in New Zealand which my Canadian friends loved pointing out was a totally different hobby to walking in the hills! I wasn’t into cycling then but would give some of the tracks a go if I went back.

Taking a chance on the single dad

What are you enjoying at the moment? The season, the kids or grandkids? Or reading a good book?

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12 Days of Christmas in July Giveaway

12 Days

Hi everyone. I’m doing a “12 Days of Christmas” in July Giveaway.  All you have to do is sign up for my newsletter if you haven’t already done so. You can join my newsletter list at http://www.SusanCarlisle.com  

Between July 12 and July 24, I’m drawing daily one lucky reader’s name. Yes, I have already started but it isn’t too late to get involved. The lucky winners will get two books and some other special goodies. Join the fun and Merry Christmas in July!

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North To Alaska by Fiona Lowe

I’m just back from Alaska and I have walked into a storm of work..edits on the next big family saga book.. and family stress…neither bad… but more things to do than I have hours in the day. None of it is helped by the failed USB stick half way through the massive 21st photo book for Boy Wonder and I lost 80 hours of work . SO, having the opportunity to blog and remember that I was relaxed on this recent holiday is a good thing. So here we go!

From the 7 days cruising up the inside passage to the 18 days we drove, flew and walked in mainland Alsaks, we gave the 49th state of the USA a really good crack. If you want to see glaciers, jagged snow capped peaks, sea life…humpback whales, orca, sea otters, puffins, bald eagles, a myriad of different gulls, sea lions and harbour seals…. and interior wild life…grizzly bears, moose, caribou, voles, artic foxes… then head on over. But do it fast. The glaciers are melting at an unprecedented rate.

Fiona x

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A fine Bromance…

I’ve always imagined that the heroes and heroines of my books have friends – the really great kind, who’ll be there for them through thick and thin, because our heroes and heroines are themselves the stuff that good friends are made of.  Sometimes the friends get a little page-time, and sometimes not, but in my head they’re always there in the background somewhere.

So imagine my delight, last year, when I found that I wasn’t just in the process of writing two linked romances – but that somehow a bromance had crept in.  Gabriel De Marco and Alistair Duvall are the founders of a charity in London.  They’re very different characters – Gabriel is a risk-taker with a talent for blue-sky thinking, while Alistair is the more practical of the two, a facilitator who can take the bold step of turning ideas into reality.  Their talents compliment each other perfectly, and have made the charity into a real force for good.

They don’t always see eye to eye 🙂  Everyone around them is used to hearing raised voices as the two passionately disagree.  But their friendship and respect for each other means that they’ll fight things out between themselves, and come to a conclusion that they’re both happy with.

About now I expect you’re beginning to feel a small concern for the two heroines of the stories!  It’s sometimes not an easy prospect to find yourself working with, and falling in love with someone who is one half of such a strong partnership.  But, when Gabriel meets Clara, Alistair knows that she’s the woman who can make his good friend happy.  Gabriel and Clara may have to overcome the real challenges themselves, but I imagine Alistair in the background, keeping his fingers firmly crossed that things will work out for them.  And likewise, when Alistair is re-united with Raina, Gabriel and Clara do what they can to smooth their path.

As I’m sure you’ve guessed by now, I loved writing these stories.  The two books gave me a chance to explore a little about a friendship, which isn’t always possible over the course of just one book.  This is one of the things I love about reading continuities as well – being introduced to characters who’ll be featured in the next books, and seeing them as part of a community of friends and co-workers.  What do you think?

 

 

Falling for Her Italian Billionaire
Can she protect her heart?  In this London Heroes story, protecting Italian billionaire, Dr Gabriel DeMarco, is bodyguard Clara Holt’s most challenging assignment yet. She’s vowed never to mix career with romance again – only Gabriel is breaking down the walls around her heart…

Second Chance with the Single Mum
Can her little girl reunite them?  In this London Heroes story, Dr Alistair Duvall is stunned when his ex-wife Raina walks back into his life with her amputee daughter. Losing their own baby tore them apart – can this little girl help them try again?

 

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July New Releases!

Happy July! We have some brand spanking new releases for you this month. Perfect for the beach or to snuggle up under a blanket with, depending on which part of the world you’re from!

JulyRelease1The Army Doc’s Baby Secret by Charlotte Hawkes

His wife is back…

…with his secret son!

Since losing his leg on a mission, soldier Zeke Jackson has worked hard and come a long way; now a multi-millionaire he’s also committed to helping others. Yet nothing can prepare him for the moment his wife, army doctor Tia Farringdale, walks back into his life and reminds him just how powerful their connection still is… And Tia isn’t alone — she’s brought his son with her!

 

JulyRelease2Saved by Their One-Night Baby by Louisa George

Can a shock baby…

…redeem this damaged doctor?

In this SOS Docs story, the last person pediatrician Ethan Reid expects to see on board the rescue boat during his latest humanitarian mission is nurse Claire Durand. The woman he shared an electrifying, anonymous encounter with is now his newest colleague! Life’s taught Ethan to keep everyone at arm’s length, but Claire’s bombshell changes everything. Because Ethan’s no longer alone — Claire’s pregnant, with his baby!

SOS Docs duet

Book 1 — Saved by Their One-Night Baby

Book 2 — Redeeming Her Brooding Surgeon

 

JulyRelease3Redeeming Her Brooding Surgeon by Sue MacKay

He couldn’t save his friend…

Can she save his bruised heart?

In this SOS Docs story, haunted by the fact he couldn’t save his best friend, brooding surgeon Chase Barrington dedicates himself to saving lives. He won’t get close to anyone again, but is blindsided by a passionate kiss with stunning ex-army doc Kristina Morton. Suddenly Chase is on a rollercoaster of emotions, but can he leave the past behind and embrace a future with Kristina?

SOS Docs duet

Book 1 — Saved by Their One-Night Baby

Book 2 — Redeeming Her Brooding Surgeon

 

JulyREelase4Pregnant by the Single Dad Doc by Louisa Heaton

Working with her ex…

…leads to unexpected consequences!

Turning her life around after a crushing loss, medical student Ellie Jones is shocked to discover her new mentor is Dr. Logan Riley—who broke her heart years earlier! Single dad Logan’s hands are full raising his autistic daughter, but Ellie finds herself more drawn to him than ever. And when the family losses they’ve both experienced bring them closer, reigniting their old flame, it leads to an unplanned surprise…

 

JulyRelease5A Nurse to Tame the ER Doc by Janice Lynn

Their connection is undeniable…

Will it last forever?

Nurse Taylor Hall is finally putting her life back together post-divorce. And a fling with sexy playboy Dr. Jack Morgan, when they’re both working at a music festival, is the perfect way to move on. Their chemistry is electric, but Taylor isn’t looking for commitment and besides Jack’s leaving town soon… Unless their deep unexpected bond can convince Taylor to fight for a second chance at forever…

 

JulyRelease6A Nurse and a Pup to Heal Him by Kate Hardy

A nurse, her puppy…

And the family he never thought he’d have?

After losing his wife and baby to his best friend, guarded GP Ben Mitchell’s sworn off love. But nurse Toni Butler and her adorable therapy dog Archie are drawing him out of his shell. When a romantic weekend in Vienna leads to an unexpected pregnancy, Ben’s painfully reminded of the family he lost. What will it take for Ben to believe this family’s for keeps?

 

Happy Reading! xo

 

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Happy days…

Happy JULY!!  

Things making me smile today;

  1. My son is home for his uni break. Even though this means I have to relinquish control over the TV remote and endure hours of watching sport, plus my food bill has quadrupled, I’m so happy he’s here. Even better, he’s thinking of coming to live back in Auckland at the end of the year when he’s finished his degree. 🙂 Colour me completely delighted.

 

2.     We have a new project! ZsuI9puGQ2yXbh6vPGMe2AOur garden is shabby and tired so we’re redesigning it into flower beds, a mosaic and fire pit! It’s so fun to be out there in the fresh air and getting our hands dirty! We sprayed our lawn a while ago and tried to kill it off (to make hoeing easier) and then a few weekends ago we hired a rotary hoe and dug over the lawn…that was ‘interesting’ in howling gales and heavy rain… and now we’re busily putting in irrigation, landscaping, finding new flowers/plants we love and generally playing! Watch this space for pictures of the new garden in a few months…

3.     It’s conference time! new york cityscape, tourism concept photographIn 3 weeks I’ll be flying off to New York for the Romance Writers’ of America conference and catching up with some of the other Medical Romance authors! Then I’m heading off to New Orleans with a couple of friends for a road trip from NO to Houston. So currently I’m all about the packing…which shoes to take? (currently I have too many pairs under consideration and none of them are right). What dress to wear to the Harlequin Party, vintage theme (no idea). Do I have a handbag that will go with each outfit (no). So many decisions (and a little shopping too i think). I can not wait.

4.       I have a new release! Just under a year ago the M&B editors approached the lovely Sue MacKay and I about writing a duet based on a rescue ship. We’ve written a couple of duets before and I love working with Sue so we immediately said yes and started planning! It is a totally new setting for us to write about so there was a lot of research and discussion involved. We fleshed out the story arc while at the RWNZ conference. We were sharing a room and many hours were spent chatting and plotting. Even as we were falling asleep, one of us would sit up and say something like… ‘Wait… what if they were… …. or what if they did this…? Then the other (almost asleep one of us) would sit up too and start taking notes. It was so great to be able to nut out the storyline while we were with each other instead of emailing back and forth (although that did happen a lot too, once conference was finished!). The duet is about two young adversaries who meet up years later with the memories of a fateful and fatal incident still haunting them.

So now our books are available and I’m so pleased with the way they turned out.

JulyRelease2

JulyRelease3

 

Aren’t they lovely? Here are the blurbs…

Saved By Their One-Night Baby

Can a shock baby…redeem this damaged doctor?

The last person paediatrician Ethan Reid expects to see on board the rescue boat during his latest humanitarian mission is nurse Claire Durand. The woman he shared an electrifying, anonymous encounter with is now his newest colleague! Life’s taught Ethan to keep everyone at arm’s length, but Claire’s bombshell changes everything. Because Ethan’s no longer alone – Claire’s pregnant, with his baby!

Redeeming Her Brooding Surgeon

He couldn’t save his friend…can she save his bruised heart?

Haunted by the fact he couldn’t save his best friend, brooding surgeon Chase Barrington dedicates himself to saving lives. He won’t get close to anyone again, but is blindsided by a passionate kiss with stunning ex-army doc Kristina Morton. Suddenly Chase is on a rollercoaster of emotions, but can he leave the past behind and embrace a future with Kristina?

What’s making you smile today?

 

 

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Chaos….and fun

So, this weekend has been a disaster.

I had requested annual leave from work on Friday (and had to do battle with a few other folks!) so I could attend a Young Adult book event in Worthing.  In case you don’t know, that’s the very bottom of England and far, far away from where I live in Scotland.

So, I got to Glasgow airport where I was flying to Gatwick, then getting a train to Worthing.  Or so I thought…

The plane was delayed, delayed then finally cancelled.  When they handed out coffee vouchers, there were 200 passengers and one guy working on the coffee cart…

There were no other seats on flights between Glasgow and any of the other London airports, causing distress for lots of people who were connecting.  I had to battle for an 85 yr old lady who’d checked in her two cases, was flying to the US from Gatwick at 5 the next morning, and was offered a seat from Edinburgh airport to London City arriving at 1030 at night.  Collecting her cases, finding a way to Edinburgh airport, then getting herself between London City and Gatwick, alone, at that time of night seemed unreasonable to me.

Once there was a written guarantee of taxis for her with assistance, I felt as if I could go home, but got messages from the kids who’d wanted to meet me and get me to sign their books that night.  I felt terrible.

By the time I got home I might have felt a bit crappy.  But then I found this….

 

I’ve honestly never laughed and cringed so much.  The Northall restaurant in London is the place that the Mills and Boon editors have taken me twice, when I’ve been a finalist for the RNA Rona Rose awards.  Some of my other writer colleagues were with me at the time.

What does this mean???

It means they just took me on the wrong day!

Enjoy

Scarlet x