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Holiday season!

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

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

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I may even get to meet an astronaut again!

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

Dinosaurs!

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

 

Wishing you all happy holidays,

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Falling for the enemy!

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

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

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

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If You Can’t Stand The Heat …

Here in the UK, it’s hot. Very hot. Late twenties, early thirties degrees Celsius.

Now, I appreciate that for some of you from traditionally warmer climes, that might not seem much, but we Brits are not used to such temperatures. We look forward to a bit of sun all year and then when we get it, we tend to moan and complain a bit about it being too hot.

We don’t mean to complain. We should be grateful. it is, after all, what we have been waiting for all year, but we can’t help it.

Our homes don’t have air conditioning. We have thermostats.

So, I thought I’d compile a list of all the wonderful things we could do to try and keep cool in the warm weather.

  1. Read. (I mean, this goes without saying, right?)
  2. Sleep. (if you’re lucky enough to not be surrounded by other people who want you to do stuff.)
  3. Eat ice lollies. (It’s just ice, right? Hardly any calories at all.)
  4. Sit in a paddling pool (the one you bought for the dog and grandchildren)
  5. Dream of winter. (Or, if you’re an author, write a book set at Christmas! All that lovely snow and frost. Mmm, icicles!)
  6. Run through  a sprinkler system. (multiple times)
  7. Go food shopping. (it’s always terrifically cold in the refrigerated section)
  8. Have a cold shower.
  9. Do a random act of kindness. Go visit an elderly neighbour and make sure they’re okay.

So, what do you recommend for a stiflingly hot day, when it’s just way too hot to do anything?

Louisa Heaton’s next release, Their Double Baby Gift, is released July 1st!

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Can two and two – really make four?

Widower Major Matt Galloway came to London Grace Hospital for his tiny daughter. But he finds himself facing a barrel of emotions on meeting beautiful Dr Brooke Bailey—his late wife’s best friend and single mum to her own baby girl.

Brooke can’t believe Matt is her new boss. But the feelings she has for him are even more troublesome. Brooke swore to raise her baby alone, but loving father Matt melts her heart and Brooke starts to hope…could they really make one big happy family, after all?

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Stuff Making Me Happy by Amy Andrews

It’s been a while since I’ve done a things making me happy blog and with the whole world sometimes seeming like its on fire, I think its good every now and then to realise its not all doom and gloom. So here goes….

Aussie Bush! The wattle trees are out in my street and I feel like my mum is out there too. They were her favourite trees and I’ll always think of her when I see one.

 

Cover Love! Two new covers for old books – not medicals but I love them so much I just had to boast 🙂 And yes, they are available to buy right now. Just sayin’

 

Plane tickets! We’re off to the UK/Europe in 3 months and I picked up my tickets this weekend! We’re calling in to see our daughter in Ireland and our son in Austria and I’ll be dropping in on the Harlequin offices and even attending a Mills and Boon party. So excited!

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A brand new sparkly website! So fresh and zesty! If you click on the image below it’ll take you straight there!

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Okay – that’s my little list. What’s making you happy?

 

 

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The Merry Month of May

By Susan Carlisle

I had a very busy four weeks in May. A number of great things happen. I thought I’d share them with you.

First off,  was the week long RT Convention in Atlanta. It was exciting and busy, but I do love interacting with readers. And boy there were readers. About 2,000 of them.

My obviously having a good time with one of the cover models. My Norwegian blood enjoys a good Viking.

A group of authors wrote 20 related novellas and hosted a country fair. A lot of work but well worth it. So much fun.

The next week I had new carpet put in five rooms of the house and new flooring in my office which is in the basement. The only room out of three floors worth not affected was the kitchen. My house was a mess for days but I dearly love my new flooring. I still have work to do to get some rooms back in order.

The highlight of the month was the birth of my new grand son. He is too cute and a good baby. When he was only a week old my husband and I headed to Maine for ten days.

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The view from the house we rented in Eastport, Maine. Not bad is it? That’s Canada in the distance.

I lost count of the number of lighthouses we saw.

We made a day trip to St. Andrews by the sea. Beautiful place. Well worth the trip.

We spent one night at the Mountain Grand View in New Hampshire. It is a historical hotel with all the old world feel. I loved the place.

 

 

And I came home to a box of my latest release. A nice end to a wonderful month.

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From matchmaker…to perfect match?

Whitney Thomason prides herself on being able to find the perfect partner for anyone, but heart surgeon Tanner Locke is a real challenge! He wants to settle down, but he’s adamant there’ll be no falling in love…

When Whitney’s candidate falls through, it’s up to her to be the girlfriend Tanner needs for his weekend business getaway, but two days in close proximity proves torturous. They know giving in to temptation is a bad idea, but desire is more powerful than reason…

Have you ever packed too much fun into a mouth?

 

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My No Blog Blog

This is my “No Blog Because I Forgot to Blog” blog. It was on my calendar, I got the reminders, knew it was coming up. Yet, every time I saw one of those pop-up 49674273reminders, I thought to myself, I’ll do it tomorrow.” Well, here it is, half-way through my blog day, and I still haven’t done it.

 

Why? Because I get distracted. Or, too busy. Because I have other things to do. Maybe I just want to take a nap, instead. Whatever the reason, here I am at the last minute, unprepared. But life is like that in a lot of ways, isn’t it? Insurance payment coming up and you know you need to pay it, but you’re not in the mood right now, so tomorrow… Oops, it’s five days later and you’re writing your “I Forgot to Pay” blog. Your father-in-law’s birthday is coming up and you keep putting off buying that card, then suddenly you’re writing that “Why my 01d6bb7057b53f54559383a6203e330fFather-In-Law Hates me” blog.

Life is full of distractions. Some we create for ourselves. Some are created for us. Of course, in my case, some are created by my cat at the exact moment I want to write. She knows. She always knows. But, I allow it, because I want to be distracted. I want that few minutes of purring in my ear, that few minutes of putting off what I know I need to do. I need that distraction. I really do, because life closes in. It surrounds us. We multi-task nowadays (even though some experts say there’s no such thing.) We let ourselves get caught up in things that waste our time. For me, Facebook. Sometimes up to an hour a day, complaining about it every second it holds me hostage. There used to be a time, in that spare hour, when I’d read, or play the piano, or even write (before I was a writer.) All pleasant things. Distractions, perhaps,  but ways to enrich me as I was being distracted.

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Now though, people accept their distractions for what most of them are – a time suck, a waste of true enjoyment or productivity. They count on their distractions to move them from place to place. In some cases, even motivate them. I’m bored—play a game. I’m sick of doing what I’m doing—go to social media of your choice. I need to call my mother—go eat a taco. In a way, we plan these distractions, and while there’s not necessarily anything wrong with that, we let them consume us. And, not in a good way, especially when they start to take over.

For a writer, a distraction can be fatal for a deadline. For a doctor, it can be fatal for a patient. So, it makes me wonder, where has our attention span gone? I know where mine goes. Cats, research, chatting with friends. But, only in moderation (except for, apparently, when it comes to writing my blog). I plan distractions in my daily routine because the body, as well as the mind needs them. The truth is, you can’t stay focused all the time. Sometimes you have to let down. I get that. But what I don’t get is how our distractions have become almost as important as the task-at-hand. I shouldn’t let my cat anywhere near me when I’m writing. I know that, but I still do it. Then ask myself, why?

Personally, I think it’s because we’re losing the concept of self-discipline. The grandmother who raised me was all about that. In her iron-fisted, little German body, she had more self-discipline than any ten people (put together) I know today. But, she came from a different era, where a distraction for her meant a meal might not get served (and there was no calling out for pizza), or a bath might not get taken (because there was no hot tap water and a warm bath came from water heated on a wood stove.) For me, the worst that can happen if I get distracted is that I do call out for that pizza, or I just hop in the shower later on.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Maybe the distractions we face are a generational thing. Perhaps earlier generation distractions had bigger consequences? I don’t know, but it makes sense. Especially on those nights when I invite all my grown kids to dinner and see them distracted from eating because they’re tied up with their phones. The consequences of that – cold food which can be reheated in the microwave.20170224_192732_resized

Maybe it’s time to measure our distractions. Get off the phone, read a book. Get off the social media, go outside and take a walk. Get off the game, call your mother. Distractions are allowed, but they need to be re-defined into something that benefits us. Talking on the phone throughout an entire family meal never has, and never will. It’s simple, really. Choose our distractions wisely. Choose them so they’re beneficial, not detrimental. That’s all I’m saying.

Except, cats. Cats can always be a distraction. Just ask my three. They’re the distraction experts.

My book, Saved by Doctor Dreamy, came out the first of June. It’s available in all the usual places. It’s all about the wild jungles in Costa Rica where the wrong distraction can cost you your life. Or, your true love.

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As always, wishing you health and happiness.

DD

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June Releases

Welcome to June everyone! Here in Oz its the first month of winter but to all those in the Northern hemisphere you are no doubt looking forward to the warm months of summer! Here are 6 great new reads for on the beach or in front of the fire!

 

Reuinted With His Runaway Doc by Lucy Clark (The Lewis Doctors)

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Can his love free her from her past?

After years in witness protection, Dr. Maybelle Freebourne has come home—under a different identity. But, on her first day at Victory Hospital, she walks right into the boy she left behind, now director of Emergency and more gorgeous than ever!

Arthur Lewis can’t shake the feeling he knows the beautiful new doctor, and a stolen kiss reveals she really is the girl he’s never forgotten. But can he convince Maybelle she is finally safe—in his arms?

 

A Life Saving Reunion by Alison Roberts (Paddington Children’s Homed3psital)

A love worth fighting for…

 

Cardiologist Thomas Wolfe’s specialty is mending broken hearts, but no one knows how much his own still hurts five years on…

Torn apart by the sadness of losing their little girl, Tom and his ex-wife, transplant surgeon Rebecca Scott, are virtually strangers, until they’re thrown together again at Paddington’s to save the life of another very special little girl. Can a miracle surgery prove that it’s never too late to give love a second chance?

 

Healing The Sheik’s Heart by Annie O’Neill (Paddington Children’s Hospital)

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A doctor for the desert king

 

Brooding billionaire Sheikh Idris Al Khalil wants one thing—the gift of hearing for his daughter, Amira—and he’s willing to pay anything to get it! Enter Dr. Robyn Kelly, whose whirlwind approach to life sends his senses into overdrive.

Now, as the tension between Paddington’s ENT specialist and the guarded sheikh mounts, Robyn can’t help but wonder…is life in the desert with Idris and little Amira the family happy-ever-after she’s always dreamed of?

 

 

The Surgeon’s Cinderella by Susan Carlislemed5

From matchmaker…to perfect match?

Whitney Thomason prides herself on being able to find the perfect partner for anyone, but heart surgeon Tanner Locke is a real challenge! He wants to settle down, but he’s adamant there’ll be no falling in love…

When Whitney’s candidate falls through, it’s up to her to be the girlfriend Tanner needs for his weekend business getaway, but two days in close proximity proves torturous. They know giving in to temptation is a bad idea, but desire is more powerful than reason…

 

Saved by Doctor Dreamy by Dianne Drake

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An undeniable attraction…

In search of her independence, Dr Juliette Allen’s time in Costa Rica was meant for chasing adventure…not facing the constant temptation of her sexy, arrogant, new boss, Damien Caldwell!

Damien can’t understand why gorgeous, fiery Juliette would hide herself away in the jungle but quickly learns not to underestimate the quiet strength of this auburn beauty. And when tragedy strikes Damien finds himself on an unexpected mission—to open Juliette’s heart and convince her to take a chance on love!

 

Pregnant With The Boss’s Baby by Sue MacKay.

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One unexpected night…with consequences!

Emergency nurse Tamara Washington had everything — until her life was publicly destroyed by her ex. She’s hidden herself away ever since, focusing only on her patients. Then one hot night with her boss, Dr Conor Maguire, upends her world again.

Now Tamara is pregnant and Conor faces being a father, something he never anticipated. But if they face their fears together, maybe they could become a family, because with Tamara in his arms, anything seems possible…

 

 

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Love is the answer

kate hardy sept 2015 400pxI’m writing this with a really heavy heart, given the events of Saturday night in London. But I’m also writing with a sense of defiance, because the extremists who seem to hate just about everything do NOT have the right to tell me what to think, do, wear or anything else for that matter. And I’m not letting them win by letting them suck the joy and the love out of my life. (Or the bigots who are using this as an excuse for spewing vileness and hatred against anyone who doesn’t look or sound like them.)

So if this seems light and frothy and inappropriate, I apologise, because recent events have hit me very deeply (my teenage daughter and I go to concerts together all the time, and we’re due in Manchester next month to see Radiohead at the Arena – something we’ve wanted for years and looked forward to since the second I got tickets; and the M&B offices are at London Bridge Street so that’s very close to home).

I believe that sharing love and joy is the best thing we can do right now. Find our common ground instead of using our differences to divide us even further.

So in that spirit – along with my family, here are three things that I love.

The seaside. This is Wells-next-the-Sea, where my husband took me on our first date outside the little market town where we both lived at the time. It holds a special place in my heart – it’s also the first place where our eldest went to the seaside and tried ice cream (while still in his baby sling), where I go when I’m sad and need something to bolster me, and where we go when we’re happy (DH’s birthday two days ago, and we took the puppy with us – he loved having a run along the sand and meeting lots of new dogs).

Archie. He’s nearly 9 months old now and has brought us so much joy. I didn’t cope at all well when we had to say goodbye to Byron, and the only thing that got me through was knowing that we’d have four paws and a waggy tail in the house again. Archie’s great-x5 grtandparents were Byron’s grandparents, and it’s really nice to have that continuity. Archie’s exuberant, terribly inquisitive, and believes that everyone he meets is going to be his new best friend. And he’s really cuddly. (I posted a pic of him a while back showing this dinky little pup on my lap – now, he’s INCREDIBLY tall as you can see by him giving me a cuddle, here.)

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Bluebells. I’m fortunate enough to live near a bluebell wood, and May is an utter joy. This year, they seemed to stretch on for ever and ever and ever. It was glorious. (This was taken without a filter, btw. It really was that magical.)

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