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Cover Reveals!

It’s Amy & Ann and we’re both excited to show you the covers to our awesome Duet coming August 2019.

Ready?

YAY!!!

I’m really excited to do this cover reveal for a lot of reasons. First the covers are AMAZING. I love the cover of ROYAL DOC’S SECRET HEIR, he’s pretty much how I imagined Maazin.

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The UK version! 

And second, I got to write a duet with Ann McIntosh!!!

I’m not sure many people know that Ann and I have been friends for over a decade and critique partners for that long too. When I was working on my debut Medical romance back in 2011 (when it was first requested), Ann was the one helping me through the process.

Then when she decided to submit, I was the one telling her the same things she told me. So, I was thrilled to able to finally work with her.

Though I will give credit where credit is due, Ann mostly came up with this idea and did a lot of the heavy world building because we were writing and planning these books just after my mother passed. My brain wasn’t really there and like the amazing partner she supported me through that rough time.

This makes this duet so special to me and I’m SO excited to be able to share our covers with you.

My book is book 2 in the duet and here’s the blurb to tempt you before I hand over the reins to Ann.

A shock reunion…

A son reclaimed!

In this Cinderellas to Royal Brides story, Dr. Jeena Harrak’s returned home. Banished years ago by the king of Kaylana upon falling pregnant with Prince Maazin’s baby, Jeena never had a chance to say goodbye to Maazin, or to tell him of his father’s cruelty. After she reveals his heir, working alongside gorgeous yet closed-off doctor Maazin is harder than she ever imagined…but might their overwhelming connection be enough to reunite their family?

This project has been a joy to work on for me, since it’s the first time I’ve gotten to collaborate with my good friend Amy Ruttan on a Harlequin/Mills and Boon continuity. She’s my longest and best writing friend, and, as she said, we’ve been in each other’s corners pretty much from the start of our professional writing careers. She’s the best cheering section a girl could have!

I adore the gorgeous cover for Surgeon Prince, Cinderella Bride, and loved coming up with both the setting for this book, and the history of the fictitious kingdom. Those who know me won’t be surprised by the fact the Kalyana is a tropical paradise—an archipelago of islands somewhere in the Indian Ocean. My love of tropical climates and island settings is well known!

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UK Version!

And the story itself also combines a couple of my other obsessions: genealogy, and DNA testing. The advances in genealogical research afforded by DNA testing is well known, but when your roots are barely or completely unknown it becomes even more exciting. Imagine being linked to families you’ve never heard of or met, when prior to that you knew little or nothing about your family origins! Exciting stuff, and loads of fodder for authors.

My book is first in the series (as befitting the elder son and heir to the throne of Kalyana, LOL!) and I hope you’ll be as excited as we are for the release of the Cinderellas to Royal Brides stories. Here is the blurb:

A year-long contract…

…to marry a stranger!

In this Cinderellas to Royal Brides story, Dr. Sara Greer’s shocked to find Crown Prince Farhan on her doorstep with life-changing news—she’s the long-lost heir to the throne of Kalyana! Farhan needs to preserve his title and Sara wants to connect with her newfound heritage, so agreeing to his convenient proposal seems like the perfect solution! Until their inconvenient chemistry has her reconsidering their hands-off agreement…

So, we’d love to hear what you think and we’re both really excited about August and the release of our princes.

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Deadline Hell

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So…….because I am current deadline hell with…my Young adult space book due 30 April and I’ve just realised I’ve written ten thousand words and they’re the WRONG ten thousand words……

I also have a medical romance due 30 May which will require another 50,000 words

And another book due 24 June which requires another 50,000 words

because of all this I have decided to post the picture of my May release which I actually love

And say I can’t wait to get to RWA conference in July where I get to see my writing buddies in New York and hope I finally get some momentum going!

 

 

 

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Favorite Book – Maybe?

by Susan Carlisle

Warning – this is a look at me, look at me post!

I am so tickled with my latest book The Sheikh Doc’s Marriage Bargain. It comes out on April 30th. First off – I got a gorgeous cover that looks just like my character Tariq. He is almost too perfect!

SheikThis book was my first attempt to write a Sheikh and I loved every minute of it. I’m not sure I would want to marry a sheikh for a number of seasons, but they do make for great fantasy material. The story came easy. The strong Middle Eastern man and the timid ‘lab rat’ woman who come from two different worlds was great fodder for a romance. I added an exotic setting and I was off to the races. As authors we aren’t supposed to have a favorite because each book is one of our babies. But this one is high on my list of the most loved. I’m really interested to see if readers think it’s a good as I like to believe it is.

On a serious note, I also center the story around a life threatening medical condition- hemophilia. I have a friend whose son was born with the condition. I interviewed him about his family’s experience. I was amazed at how little I knew about what it was to live with a child whose blood doesn’t clot. The cost of medicine is staggering, the pain the child regularly endures to inject himself and the fear the parents live with knowing something could happen at any moment. We (the big we) know so little about what others are going through on a daily bases. I hope I did this family and those with hemophilia justice in this book. My intent was to shine some light on the disease.

Thanks for letting me have a look at me moment. Do you have anything special that has happened in your life lately?

 

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Of Pit Bulls & Romance Novels

Hi Everybody!

I have a new dog named Lili. She was a stray looking for a home, and in a sense, I was a stray looking for a dog. When we met it was love at first sight and Lili came to live with me. No regrets because she is a smart, funny, affectionate girl who loves her humans as much as they love her. April MB blog 1

Sadly, some people have a preconceived notion about Lili. She’s mean. She’ll turn on you. Eat your face off. Kill your cat. Yep, she’s an American Pit Bull and her breed has been branded as a breed that should be killed. Why? Rumors. Innuendo. Bad press. Lili has gained a reputation for something she’s never done and never will. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASome people see her for what she is—a sweet dog full of love. Others see her for what they expect her to be—mean and viscous. Much the way so many people expect romance novels to be boring or stupid.

I show antiques at the state fair every year, and the lady in charge of the antiques division is a well-educated biology teacher. When she asked me what I write, and I told her, she couldn’t contain the sour expression on her face. “I’ve never figured out why anybody would write that garbage let alone read it,” she said to me. I wanted to ask her why anyone would be so critical of another person’s career, or even their reading choices, but I didn’t because people like her don’t listen. They fix on a notion and will not wander away from it. She also went on to tell me that if I have any writing talent at all I should put it to good use and write something that will make a difference. When I told her romance novels do make a difference, she laughed at me. That’s right—she laughed out loud then walked away, smug in her knowledge that she was right.April MB blog 3

Certainly, Mary, as I’m calling her, is entitled to her opinion. But when opinion crosses the line and turns into insult, that’s when someone needs to make an assessment of what they’re saying, and to whom. At a flea market recently, I encountered a woman who was making frilly seat covers for various model cars. They weren’t to my taste, but I’d never dream of approaching her and saying anything negative about what she has chosen to sell. Quite honestly, my mother taught me better. And, I’d never be the one to tell a pit bull owner all the bad things that have been reported about that breed. Yet, that has happened to me. “Do you really let that dog go around people?” one person asked. The answer is yes. She’s allowed to be around people, to sit on their laps if they want her, to lick their faces if that’s acceptable. And no, she would never eat the face she licks.

We have become so judgmental that simple, decent kindness is slipping away. My grandmother had a hat she wore to church. It was red, big and basically hideous. But no April MB blog 4one ever said that to her. Instead, they were kind—told her she looked glowing or radiant, told her she brightened the room. Those were the kind things to say and they were so simple. They also made an old lady quite happy. Now, when I smile at strangers, which I do all the time, some are suspicious but more often than not my smile is returned with a smile. It’s a small thing, but I hope that someone, somewhere needs a simple smile to make then feel better. Maybe my smile will be the one they need.April MB blog 5

So now, I get quizzical looks when I tell people I write romance novels, but my response is always much kinder than their intent. Same goes for my pittie. Insult my dog either directly or in a round-about way and I pop out my phone and show them all the cute pictures of her. In either case, kindness is free, and it’s a gift so few people remember to give these days. Those opportunities come to us in so many ways and it’s up to us how we use them. Personally, I believe life is too short to go around criticizing pit bulls and romance novels, but that’s just me. I’d much rather spend my life looking at the bright side. It’s a nice place to be.

My next book, HER SECRET MIRACLE, will be out in June. You’ll be able to find it in all the usual places. 

As always, wishing you health and happiness (and puppies and romance novels.)

DD

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Available June, 2019

 

 

 

 

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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.”

 

 

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Happy FriYAY!

I got into the habit of calling my Fridays…FRIYAYs, especially since I do my Core class usually on Friday and the instructor is very positive and calls the workouts FriYAYs. Although, truth be told, by the end of it, I’m not feeling so YAY. More like pain.

But Fridays I do reflection on my week. At my FitClub we do Monday Goals and Friday reflection. I like the accountability with other members and I like that no one is perfect. Not even the coaches. That means a lot. It’s real and honest. It’s also made a huge impact in my life for the better.

It’s been 7 months since I started my FitClub journey and this is the longest I’ve consecutively worked out.

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Photo on left is when I started my journey. Photo on right is January 2019.

It’s been a pretty amazing journey and that 7 months has helped my writing in ways I can’t even begin to tell you.

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Didn’t think I would be able to do this. My Coach proved me wrong and I felt so amazing.

On top of consistent working out, I took two courses. Becca Syme’s Write Better Faster, which completely opened my eyes to my strengths and how to utilize that in my business and her more focused Strengths for Writers, which talked about my Top strengths and how to use those strengths to create a plan. Three of my top 5 were working against each other and I was stagnating. Strategic could see where my book needed to go, the whole thing laid out in my head, but Context wouldn’t let me move forward until I knew WHO the characters were, but strategic was like “Please, we work the characters out in the story” and context was like NO. Empathy was sitting there sucking in everyone’s emotions.

All around. Empathy was draining me completely dry.

So I learned to step away from drama and toxic people. I put my family first and my health as well, so that means putting myself first and working out. Consistently.

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Every Minute on the Minute. 2 Rounds. I almost died.
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Hmm. It would be easier to stay at home, but I’m here so I guess I’ll go in.

And all of this has made a huge world of difference.

Before my Mom passed away in June last year I had started a partial for another project. Got feedback from my agent and then Mom passed and I stagnated. Completely. I struggled through my next two contracted books.

It was SO hard to write The Surgeon’s Convenient Husband (May 2019) and Royal Doc’s Secret Heir (August 2019).

Then, with the mindset coaching, physical coaching and Becca Syme’s courses, something happened and that partial was finished in 48hrs. I read through it four times, made changes and I was possessed.

I sent it to my agent and waited for his feedback. He’s great for feedback and I trust his opinion completely. He replied that it was great and we talked about submitting it.

So, that’s why I wanted to talk about FriYAY! It’s been a long, hard journey and I’m getting there. There are things to be grateful for and I think FriYAYs should be celebrated more often. 🙂

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Out in May 2019. This book, was the first I wrote after Mom passed and it was a hard fought book I’m proud of.
Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Romance Novels, New Releases

April New Releases

Welcome to April medrom readers! Another six releases for us all this month including one very special one – Caroline Anderson’s 100th book for Mills and Boon!!! Congratulations to Caroline and I’m sure everyone will join with us in wishing her and us, her readers, 100 more!

 

A Single Dad To Heal Her Heart by Caroline Anderson (Youxburgh Park)med2

Could a single dad of two…be the answer to her dreams?

Trauma doc Livvy Henderson loves her job and friends, and she’s been cancer free for five years. She’s content…until she meets widowed father, handsome surgeon Matt Hunter on a team weekend in Cumbria. Their powerful connection reawakens her fears, desires and longing for a family she’s long since locked away. But Matt finds he’s ready to convince her she belongs in his, whatever the future holds…

 

 

Pregnant by the Playboy Surgeon by Lucy Ryder

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A red-hot night…A nine-month consequence!
After an unhappy marriage, ER doctor Danielle Stevens has no interest in men—let alone a playboy like sexy surgeon Dylan St. James! But after discovering that he works at her hospital, she finds he’s also her neighbor! And he becomes increasingly impossible to ignore…or resist. One passionate night later Dani and Dylan are facing some unexpected consequences. But is Dylan ready to go from fling to fatherhood?

 

 

A Surgeon For The Single Mom by Charlotte Hawkes

From bachelor doc…to family man!med3

As a single parent and helicopter rescue doc, fiercely independent Effie Robinson has no time for romance! So when hotshot neurosurgeon Talank Basu proposes a mutually beneficial dating ruse, what could be the harm? Only, Effie’s not prepared for how protected and supported he makes her feel… Tak’s fighting their sizzling attraction just as much as she is—will they finally give in and trust in their once-in-a-lifetime chemistry?

 

 

 

From Doctor To Daddy by Becky Wicks

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Can he fix the past…by giving her daughter a future?

Six years ago, Dr. Fraser Breckenridge allowed Sara to walk out of his life and has always regretted it. He seizes the opportunity to employ her on board a Caribbean cruise ship for dialysis patients, but Sara now has an adorable little girl who urgently needs a new kidney. Can Fraser uncover why Sara left and give her—and Esme—a reason to stay?

 

 

 

The Prince’s Cinderella Doc by Louise Heatonmed5

A doctor, a single dad princeand a happy-ever-after?

Dr Krystiana Szenac’s whole world is turned upside down when she’s hired to complete Crown Prince Matteo’s yearly physical. Especially when an unfortunate accident leaves her homeless – and Matteo offers her a room at the palace! Despite being worlds apart, Krystiana’s pulled into Matteo’s life by his fun-loving young daughter. But is sharing their passions and secrets enough to heal their guarded hearts…and lead to true love?

 

Resisting Her Rescue Doc by Alison Roberts

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Paramedic Cooper Sinclair’s carefully planned first day at New Zealand’s Aratika Rescue Base goes awry when he joins forces with fiery Felicity “Fizz” Wilson to rescue a car crash victim from the sea! The stunning adrenaline junkie should be off-limits to a brooding, guarded man like him, but her skill and vitality are undeniable. Cooper’s avoided love for so long, but can he ignore his attraction to Fizz?