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Where Does The Year Go?

I Know we’ve still got a wee way to go till the end of the year but I swear that so far this year has whizzed past while at the same time dragged out. We (Mr M) and I have been through a major weather experience that saw our area without power for five days and the road out of the Sounds shut off indefinitely, we went to Rarotonga with friends for sixteen days and soaked up sun, warm seas and lots of laughter. In between there have been all the usual ups and downs everyone deals with.

In the meantime the books have still been coming. I’ve just sent in the fourth for the year and the next one is beginning to take shape in my mind. Yeah, well, less said about that the better. The usual arguments about the hero and heroine and where they should live and what their problems are that make them impossible to tie down are keeping me awake at night. I wouldn’t change any of this. I love writing. I love creating stories for people to enjoy reading. I can’t imagine not doing this.

Single Mum’s New Year Wish is my next book out. No storm involved – except in the hearts of Nicolas Reid and Claire McAlpine as they overcome their pasts and look to a future filled with love.

Christmas is coming and I’m looking forward to spending time with the family. Then New Year and more stories ahead.

What are you looking forward to for the coming months?

All the best everyone.

Sue Mackay

Nanowrimo, The Writing Life

It’s that time of year – NANOWRIMO

November is in the air. Here in Ohio it doesn’t quite feel like it, but the wind is whistling with hints and screams that WINTER IS COMING. But before it does, November is the month of national novel writing, commonly called NANOWRIMO.

If you’ve not heard of this majestic/burnout inducing idea, the premise is to write 50,000 words in a month. Which if you’re aiming for it…is what we write for medical romances. So get those hot doc, sexy paramedics and flirtatious veterinarians down on page and send them to Mills & Boon.

I did my first Nano in 2014. It’s a book that will forever live under my bed. It’s entire purpose was to teach me that I wanted to write, didn’t yet really know what I was doing, and could sit for a while and get words on the page.

I’d love to tell you that this made me a NANO enthusiast, ready and willing to tackle the 50k each year. I write multiple stories of that length every year, so this shouldn’t be too hard. Except it always is. And that’s okay. I’ve written 50k in a month exactly twice since I started writing. Once in Nano and I didn’t write for almost three months after due to burnout. And once for a book I was contracted for; the burnout was real there too.

I am not saying this to dash Nano dreams. I have writer friends that live for this time year. It reenergizes them and gets the creative juices floating. There are YouTube videos that start in October, usually titled something like Plantober: Get read for Nano with me.

What I am saying is you are more than your word count. I run a weekly writer’s group and every November we spend our meetings doing write-ins. And without fail, I’ll have writer friends that panic or get down, because they aren’t hitting the 1,667 words needed a day to hit the Nano goal. I hate that. I hate it for them, I hate it for their work, I just hate it.

So if you are tackling Nano, here is my cheers to you! I am on the site www.nanowrimo.org as Juliette Hyland, feel free to make me a buddy. I probably won’t hit 50k (and that’s okay). If you have no desire to tackle it or you are hating on your word count….please use this as your mantra: you are more than your word count. Take a deep breath; it’s okay.

Just before Nano started I put a video about it on my YouTube page…it’s linked below if you want to take a look.

Happy November everyone.

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Hurricanes Past, Present and Future

I’ve just finished revisions on my third book set around a helivac team located in Key West, Flight Nurse’s Florida Fairy Tale. While I was writing one of my last scenes where a category two hurricane is about to hit the island, a real hurricane hit South Florida. Writing about a hurricane’s landfall while an actual hurricane was hitting brought back some bad and some good memories. Here are some of them.

I’ve lived in the Florida Panhandle since I was a child and even before we moved, my mother would tell me stories of hurricanes hitting there in the 1930’s. My favorite was when she was a young child and her father was the sheriff of Pensacola. The whole family spent a day in the county jail cells. As my mother was one of thirteen children, I can’t imagine what that was like for my grandmother.

As a teenager, I remember always being excited when a hurricane was coming in. No school! As an adult, the possibility of a hurricane coming ashore near you brings on a whole new set of complications. Years ago, Hurricane Ivan hit just a few miles from my home and me and my husband decided to stay and protect what we could. We were two miles from the Gulf of Mexico so we thought we would be safe. In the middle of the night when it hit, we had second thoughts. Fortunately, we were uninjured though we had roof damage and water damage in our home. When the sun came up and we saw the devastation around we were in shock. I can’t describe the surreal feeling when you walk outside and see your neighborhood for the first time after a hurricane hits.

But then something great happened. As we walked around, we saw other neighbors, many whose names we didn’t even know, coming out of their homes. A few hours later, our family showed up with our children that we’d sent to their grandparents, and we all pitched in. Chain saws came out, neighbors helped neighbors, and we knew everything would be okay.

That night when the generators kicked on around the neighborhood, my kids got out a deck of cards and sat outside on the porch and played with only a flashlight for light. They talked about how many stars were in the sky and my husband explained that the stars were always there, we just couldn’t see them because of all the lights in the town around us.

For the next week I went to work and came home every evening with one bag of ice, bottled water and military MREs handed out by the National Guard in our hospital parking lot, while my husband and kids worked on clearing out all the downed trees in our yard. I’ll never forget the night, ten days later, when the electricity came back on and the kids still choose to sit on the porch and play cards. The storm had brought my family closer together, just like it had the neighbors.

All these memories surrounded me as I wrote and while I was writing my next scene as the hurricane was coming ashore, I used my own experiences of the last time I was sequestered at the hospital where I work. With my couple safe inside the local hospital and the sound of the wind howling around them, I remembered the last storm I’d spent working at the sleeping on a stretcher. I had no problem remembering the feeling of being all alone as the hurricane made landfall and pushed inland. Was it any wonder that the two of them would end in each other’s arms?

Flight Nurse’s Florida Fairy Tale will be a May 2023 release. My second Key West book, Pregnant with the Secret Prince’s Babies will be released January 2023.

New Releases

November New Releases!

Happy November! Is it me, or did October just fly by?

We have a bunch of brand new releases for you this month!

We also have a huge milestone to celebrate! Congratulations to Alison Roberts on her 105th book!

The Prince’s One-Night Baby by Juliette Hyland

The prince is shocked when he unexpectedly meets the beautiful midwife again, but he’s yet to find out the biggest surprise of all… Find out what happens in this captivating royal romance by Juliette Hyland.   

A passionate encounter…

…with royal consequences!

Meeting midwife Calla on his flight home makes Dr. Kostas’s long journey far more exciting. Especially when their instant attraction leads to a red-hot layover! But Kostas can offer only one night of pure passion. Because, unbeknownst to Calla, he’s also a prince—with no intention of inflicting the pressures of royal life on anyone again. So it’s a shock to discover they’ll be colleagues at his new clinic…and an even bigger shock is heading their way…

The Doctor’s Christmas Homecoming by Alison Roberts

In the latest Harlequin Medical Romance by Alison Roberts, will the doctor’s fake-boyfriend-for-Christmas ruse end in their happy-ever-after?

When running from her past…

…leads to an unexpected future!

ER specialist Dr. Matilda Dawson is returning home. Her father is sick, and she’s determined to prove she’s settled and happy by accepting colleague Dr. Harry Doyle’s offer to come, too—as her “pretend” boyfriend! Harry has left his roots behind him, so with nowhere to go this year, Christmas with Matilda’s family could be fun! Except when the lines blur, feelings they didn’t believe were possible make this homecoming hard to walk away from…

Snowbound with Her Off-Limits GP by Annie Claydon

In this heartwarming Harlequin Medical Romance by Annie Claydon, the connection between two heartbroken doctors heats up when they’re unexpectedly snowbound together…

As the snow starts to fall…
…their connection heats up!

Since she was forced to cancel her own wedding, Dr. Eloise Grant knows “I do” can’t guarantee love or happiness. So celebrating her grandfather’s upcoming marriage at his beautiful Norfolk manor house is bittersweet. Especially as it involves meeting dark, equally hurt and brooding GP Sam Douglas. Yet when a blizzard sees them snowbound and working together, the connection between them quickly goes from frosty to flirtatious!

Festive Fling to Forever by Karin Baine

Is this midwife ready to risk her heart on a daredevil helicopter paramedic? Find out in the latest Carey Cove Midwives story for Harlequin Medical Romance by Karin Baine.

The paramedic’s return…

…could turn her world upside down!

Daredevil helicopter paramedic Roman Callahan storms back into midwife Sophie’s sheltered life ten years after he left. The unquestionable chemistry between them is still there, and giving in to a one-off fling is inevitable. But after Christmas, he’s due to leave again… Sophie has spent a lifetime protecting her heart. Is what they share worth taking her first ever risk on?

From Harlequin Medical: Life and love in the world of modern medicine.

Carey Cove Midwives

 Book 1: Christmas with the Single Dad Doc by Annie O’Neil
Book 2: Festive Fling to Forever by Karin Baine
Book 3: Christmas Miracle on Their Doorstep by Ann McIntosh
Book 4: Single Mom’s Mistletoe Kiss by Rachel Dove

Christmas with the Single Dad Doc by Annie O’Neil

n the first story of the Carey Cove Midwives quartet by Annie O’Neil, a midwife is determined to bring the magic of Christmas back into the life of a single dad and his son! 

Can she prove to him…

…the magic of Christmas still exists?

Determined to forget her cheating ex, Kiara moves to a new job in Cornwall. She intends to throw herself into her favorite things: Christmas and midwifery! Working closely with widower GP Dr. Lucas and meeting his little son, Harry, make Kiara long to bring festive cheer ­into their quiet lives. But she doesn’t expect an innocent mistletoe kiss with this off-limits single dad to change everything…

From Harlequin Medical: Life and love in the world of modern medicine.

Carey Cove Midwives

 Book 1: Christmas with the Single Dad Doc by Annie O’Neil
Book 2: Festive Fling to Forever by Karin Baine
Book 3: Christmas Miracle on Their Doorstep by Ann McIntosh
Book 4: Single Mom’s Mistletoe Kiss by Rachel Dove

A Mistletoe Kiss in Manhattan by Traci Douglass

Can a magical Christmas kiss in Manhattan melt the icy heart of the surgeon? Escape to New York for the holidays with the latest Harlequin Medical Romance by Traci Douglass.

The surgeon grinch who stole…

…her heart!

Tasked with granting a sick child a special Christmas wish, ER nurse Emma Trudeau can think of no better person to help her pull it off than wealthy New York cardiothoracic surgeon Thad Markson. His reputation as a real-life grinch precedes him, but Emma is undeterred! And as much as Thad tries to resist Emma’s persuasive charms, it’s not long before she begins to melt his icy heart—with a magical kiss…

Happy Reading!


Book Recommendations!

I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump just lately. I start books, but haven’t felt compelled to carry on reading them, so I thought I’d share the books that I HAVE read that I really enjoyed, in case you’re caught in a bit of a slump, too.

And if you have any recommendations for great books that YOU’VE read, then please add them to the comments, so that I can get back to what I love.

In the small French village of Lansquenet, nothing much has changed in a hundred years. Then an exotic stranger, Vianne Rocher, blows in on the changing wind with her young daughter, and opens a chocolate boutique directly opposite the church. Soon the villagers cannot keep away, for Vianne can divine their most hidden desires.

One September evening in 1785, the merchant Jonah Hancock finds one of his captains waiting eagerly on his doorstep. He has sold Jonah’s ship for what appears to be a mermaid.

As gossip spreads through the docks, coffee shops, parlours and brothels, everyone wants to see Mr Hancock’s marvel. Its arrival spins him out of his ordinary existence and through the doors of high society, where he meets Angelica Neal, the most desirable woman he has ever laid eyes on… and a courtesan of great accomplishment. This meeting will steer both their lives onto a dangerous new course.

What will be the cost of their ambitions? And will they be able to escape the legendary destructive power a mermaid is said to possess?

England, the 1520s. Henry VIII is on the throne, but has no heir. Cardinal Wolsey is his chief advisor, charged with securing the divorce the pope refuses to grant. Into this atmosphere of distrust and need, comes Thomas Cromwell, first as Wolsey’s clerk, and later his successor. 

Cromwell is a wholly original man: the son of a brutal blacksmith, a political genius, a briber, a charmer, a bully, a man with a delicate and deadly expertise in manipulating people and events. Ruthless in pursuit of his own interests, he is as ambitious in his wider politics as he is for himself. His reforming agenda is carried out in the grip of a self-interested parliament and a king who fluctuates between romantic passions and murderous rages.

This collection of twelve original short stories, all featuring Jane Marple, will introduce the character to a whole new generation. Each author reimagines Agatha Christie’s Marple through their own unique perspective while staying true to the hallmarks of a traditional mystery.
· Naomi Alderman
· Leigh Bardugo
· Alyssa Cole
· Lucy Foley
· Elly Griffiths
· Natalie Haynes
· Jean Kwok
· Val McDermid
· Karen M. McManus
· Dreda Say Mitchell
· Kate Mosse
· Ruth Ware

Miss Marple was first introduced to readers in a story Christie wrote for The Royal Magazine in 1927 and made her first appearance in a full-length novel in 1930’s The Murder at the Vicarage. It has been 45 years since Agatha Christie’s last Marple novel, Sleeping Murder, was published posthumously in 1976, and this collection of ingenious new stories by twelve Christie devotees will be a timely reminder why Jane Marple remains the most famous fictional female detective of all time.

So what amazing books have you read lately? I’d love to hear all about them, because I need to be reading more!

Thanks in advance!

Louisa xxx

Can a fake date—

change everything?

Paramedic and single dad, Tom, is gorgeous, but to Cara he’s simply her best friend. So when she needs a pretend date for her meddling father’s fundraising ball, Cara knows exactly who to call! Yet learning to dance together in preparation, is it her imagination or is there suddenly a spark between them? Firefighter Cara knows she can’t replace the wife Tom lost, but deep-down she’s always loved him, and his son. Is Tom beginning to feel the same?

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Just around the corner

So…. Halloween is just around the corner and although we don’t really celebrate it very much around here, I’m getting into the mood online and trying to decide on which image to temporarily update all my SM pics too.

Which do you think? Regal Cajun queen Amy who looks as if she could turn you to stone without blinking? Or creepy arachnid, Amy?

Let me know in the comments 🙂

Do you dress up for Halloween?

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Exclusive Excerpt: A Mistletoe Kiss in Manhattan

Hi All!

Here in North America it is the height of Autumn and the leaves are turning brilliant colors. There’s a chill in the air and the possibility of the first snowflakes where I live as soon as a few days from now. And while we haven’t even celebrated Halloween yet, my next release is coming out November 1st and it’s a holiday Medicals!

A Mistletoe Kiss in Manhattan is a spin on the old Grinch retelling with a grumpy surgeon and a sunshine nurse thrown together to make a sick child’s Christmas wish come true. I had a ball writing this one and hope you love Emma and Thad’s story as much as I go.

To get you into the holiday mood a little early, please enjoy this exclusive excerpt from the book:

Thad scrubbed down again, then returned to the locker room to change. It had been a long night, and a glance at his Omega watch showed it was well into the morning hours now. All he wanted was a hot shower and a long sleep. But what he found, waiting in front of his locker, was a smiling woman wearing a bright green sweater with a reindeer on the front, looking like she’d stepped off the front of a greeting card. For a second, Thad wondered if he’d slipped into some kind of glycemic hallucination without knowing it.
“Dr. Markson,” she said, cheerful as one of Santa’s elves, setting Thad’s teeth on edge. She seemed vaguely familiar to him, but he couldn’t place from where and didn’t want to bother at that point. It had been a grueling day and he just wanted to go home.
“How did you get in here?” he said, moving past her to his locker. “Only hospital staff are allowed in this area. I could have you arrested for trespassing.”
Seemingly undeterred by his churlishness, she continued to smile. “I work here, Dr. Markson. Emma Trudeau.” She held out a hand to him, which he promptly ignored. “I’m a nurse in the emergency department here at Manhattan West. We’ve worked a couple of cases together in the ER.”
Well, that explained the familiarity then. Thad turned away to begin pulling out his clothes. “What do you want?”
Most people, when confronted with his brusque manner, either scurried away or simply gave up. It both impressed and irritated him that this petite woman did neither. He did not have the time or patience for this tonight. Normally, Thad would never disrobe in front of a stranger, but given she seemed to have no qualms about invading his personal boundaries, he gave little regard to hers and pulled off his scrub shirt, leaving him bare-chested.
“I…” She stopped when his shirt came off, her bright smile fading a little as her cheeks heated. Then she looked away fast and cleared her throat, her perky tone back in place. “I’ve been put in charge of the hospital’s holiday charity event this year, our Wish Star Program.”
“My condolences.”
His sarcasm bounced off her like sunlight off an icicle and she continued unfazed. “As part of my preplanning I was tasked with finding a partner to help me with the event. Someone whose qualities would complement my own and help to make this year’s Wish Star Program the best one ever.”
Thad paused in the middle of buttoning his dress shirt to stare at her, one brow raised. He didn’t like where this was headed one bit. “And that has anything to do with me how?”
“I’ve chosen you to be my partner.” She beamed at him like that was some kind of honor. In other circumstances, Thad might have found her attractive, might have said her smile was nice. Very nice. Now it was one more nuisance he didn’t need.
“No.” He undid the tie at the waist of his scrub pants. “And unless you’d like a full strip show, I suggest you turn around.”
Her wide dark eyes flickered down to his lower half then back up before she swiftly pivoted away, her cheeks pink again. Thad couldn’t say the last time he’d met a woman who blushed. Would’ve been endearing if this whole situation wasn’t so annoying. The pump at his lower back beeped a notification, signaling he needed to eat soon. He quickly pulled on his suit pants and tucked in his shirt before zipping up and buckling his Italian leather belt. He did not have time for this nonsense.
“No?” she asked, the word emerging as more of a squeak from where she faced away from him.
“No,” Thad repeated as he sat down to put on his shoes. With her turned away, he had a chance to assess her. Slim, with a slight curviness to her hips and behind. Long dark hair, braided neatly, hanging down her back. For a second he wondered if those braids felt as soft as they looked before he shoved that silliness aside. He was exhausted and hungry, that’s all. “I have neither the time nor the interest to participate in your little project, Nurse…”
“Trudeau,” she said, a tad firmer this time. “Emma Trudeau.”
Thad took a deep breath, then tugged on his suit coat and grabbed his phone before closing his locker and tossing his dirty scrubs into a biohazard laundry bin nearby before heading for the exit. She probably wanted money. That seemed to be the most common “quality” people saw in him. “I’ll write you a check. How much?”
“Excuse me?” she said, following him.
“If it’s over a hundred thousand, it will take longer because I’ll have to go through my accountants to liquidate some assets.” Thad walked out into the brightly lit hall and toward the elevators, not slowing down for her at all. “If it’s under that amount, I’ll have someone drop off a check tomorrow. Who should I make it out to? The hospital or the charity?”
“I don’t want your money, Dr. Markson,” Nurse Trudeau said, waiting with him at the elevators. She was harder to shake than a two-ton snow globe. Her voice held an edge of steel now, her posture stiffer. “I want your help with this project. The planning, the preparing, the execution.”
Thad sighed, staring at the metal doors in front of him. “And I’ve told you what I can do.” “No, you haven’t.” She stepped a little closer, invading his personal space, a hint of her spicy-sweet scent surrounding him. “Dr. Markson, I realize this might be a foreign concept to a man such as yourself, but sometimes actual physical participation is a good thing.”
Thad scowled. “Physical participation?”
“Being present. Being involved. That’s what I mean. Getting your hands dirty.”
The elevator dinged and Thad hurried onboard, hoping to get away from his new, bothersome shadow, but no such luck. The woman followed him onto the elevator, then shut the doors on them, effectively locking him inside with her. “I need your help. I’ve already discussed it with the HR director and the chief of staff in a meeting earlier and they agree it would be good for you to participate. You have connections within the city to get this done quickly, and that’s what I need. The wish is due on Christmas Eve, so only a month away. That’s not long to help a child in need.”
Again with Christmas. Why was it haunting him this year? He stared at his reflection in the mirrored wall of the compartment across from him. Connections. She wanted his connections. Of course she did. Thad had learned from a young age that wealth meant power, and power brought out the worst in people. Everyone wanted something from him, even if it was just to disappear off the face of the earth, like his own father had. Well, Thad was through granting favors.
“A check. That’s the extent of my offer to you, Nurse Trudeau. Take it or leave it. I have time for nothing else.”
They arrived at the lobby and the doors opened. Thad walked out with Nurse Trudeau on his heels and headed toward the side exit, past the atrium. As he passed the Christmas tree, he found himself herded toward a small crowd gathered there, with lights blazing and cameras whirring.
“What the—?” He tried to pull free of Nurse Trudeau’s grip on his arm but found her harder to evade than he’d first guessed. “Unhand me!”
She let him go then, her smile back in place as they faced Dr. John Franklin and Jane Ayashi from HR.
“I’d like to file a formal complaint against this woman.” He pointed at Nurse Trudeau. “She’s been accosting me since I left the OR about some charity thing I want nothing to do with.”
“Later,” John said, nudging Thad to turn around and face the crowd. A lectern had been set up in front of them. “After the press conference.”
“Press conference?” Thad’s voice grew louder than the blood pounding in his ears. He felt out of control at that moment and hated it. “I’m not doing any press conference. I’ve not agreed to anything. My time is too valuable to waste on toy shopping or pizza parties.” He glared over at Nurse Trudeau, who now stood shoulder to shoulder with him as they formed a line behind the lectern. “And you can forget about the check now, too.”
“Never wanted it in the first place,” she shot back, her gaze straight ahead, her smile firm. “Help, Dr. Markson. You’re going to help me, and help a sick child, whether you like it or not. It’ll be good for you.”
“How dare you—” Thad blustered, only to be cut off by Dr. Franklin stepping up to the lectern.
“Thank you all for coming,” Dr. Franklin said, his deep voice echoing through the atrium like a herald of angels on high. “Our two Manhattan representatives, Nurse Emma Trudeau and Dr. Thaddeus Markson, are partnering this year to make one lucky child’s holiday wish come true on behalf of Manhattan West General Hospital. Nurse Trudeau, if you’d like to select a wish star…”
All eyes turned to the woman beside Thad, and she swallowed hard. Was she suddenly nervous? Good. Thad hoped she was after putting him through all this. He lived like a hermit for a reason and that was to avoid situations exactly like this one. How dare she impose herself like this on him? Who did she think she was?
He watched as she stepped up to the massive tree in the atrium. The thing had to be at least thirty feet high to reach the top. And the lower third was covered with stars handmade by kids in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit here at Manhattan West. All colors and sizes and shapes of wrapping paper and glitter-covered cardboard. Thad’s chest constricted even more, this time from painful memories of creating a star like this himself when he’d been little. Not that he’d needed charity, but his caregivers had insisted he make one anyway…
In an instant he was back in that cold, lonely hospital room, staring out the window at the snow falling and wishing he was anywhere else but there…
Applause broke out as Nurse Trudeau selected a star, jarring Thad back to the present.
She walked over to Dr. Franklin at the lectern.
“Which child’s is it?” one of the reporters asked. “What did they wish for?”
Nurse Trudeau stepped up to the microphone. “This year’s Wish Star recipient is Ricky Lynch,” she said. “He’s nine and he’s got a brain tumor.” She blinked down at the star in her hands. From where Thad stood he could see the painstakingly neatly printed bold block letters. “He wants a carnival, with free candy and games and a carousel, for all the kids in the Manhattan West Pediatric Intensive Care Unit to ride.”
The words slowly penetrated the fog of adrenaline in Thad’s brain. Oh God. A carnival?
He’d wished for something similar on his star all those years ago. A tiny pinch pricked from the center of Thad’s chest, somewhere in the vicinity of his heart.
No. No, no, no.
He refused to allow his past to rule over him again. He’d spent far too long locking it away where it belonged. And certainly not for some woman who’d bamboozled him into this whole situation in the first place.
Not happening.
Cameras clicked and reporters shouted more questions at them, but Thad didn’t care about any of it. He only cared about getting out of there and away from all of this horrible mess and even more so away from the woman who was now standing beside him again, smiling and holding his arm like he was a willing participant in all this. Worst of all, it felt nice, her touching him. Oddly comforting. As if he wasn’t alone anymore, as he’d been alone so long. And that’s when he knew he needed to leave. Now.
With more force than was probably necessary, Thad yanked free and walked away from the crowd, ignoring the calls of his name behind him. All he wanted was to get back to the safety of his town house, get away from these people, get locked away in his study and never come out again. He was Thad Markson, of the New York Marksons, and he did not have time to deal with organizing a charity event or making a kid’s wish come true or the most annoyingly attractive woman he’d met in years. Maybe ever.
“Dr. Markson,” Nurse Trudeau called after him, but he was already out the door.
Bah humbug indeed.

If you enjoyed this excerpt, please check out A Mistletoe Kiss in Manhattan at the link below and until next time, Happy Reading!

Can a magical Christmas kiss in Manhattan melt the icy heart of the surgeon? Escape to New York for the holidays with the latest Harlequin Medical Romance by Traci Douglass.

The surgeon grinch who stole…

…her heart!

Tasked with granting a sick child a special Christmas wish, ER nurse Emma Trudeau can think of no better person to help her pull it off than wealthy New York cardiothoracic surgeon Thad Markson. His reputation as a real-life grinch precedes him, but Emma is undeterred! And as much as Thad tries to resist Emma’s persuasive charms, it’s not long before she begins to melt his icy heart—with a magical kiss…

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In Over My Head

by Susan Carlisle

I have been doing a little recuperative therapy the last two weeks. My husband gifted me with this Lego typewriter to put together. I was over my head before I begun. The only Legos I’ve really played with are the large ones. You know, for two-year-olds. The typewriter has over 2,000 pieces. Yaks.

I have gotten some help for my nine-year-old grandson. He is good at building. I even sat taller when he said, “May May, you’re doing good.”

            The inside has been the most difficult. It boggles my mind how someone came up with all the little pieces to fit just so. They even move. I have reached a standstill because I don’t think something is right in the movement. I’ll have to go back and study the picture instructions more closely to make sure what I have done is correct. It is a good thing I love a challenge.

            I do think the typewriter is going to look good in my office. I’m just glad it’s for looks and I don’t have to use it to write my stories.

Have you ever decide to do something and it become more than you expected? If so, what was it?

Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Romance Novels, New Releases

October New Releases!

Happy October! Here the leaves are turning and falling, though it’s still fairly mild. I can deal with sunny warm autumn days.

We have some great new releases this month!

Congratulations to Tina Beckett on her 45th book!

Stranded with the Paramedic by Sue MacKay

In this latest Medical Romance by Sue MacKay, a paramedic and a doctor have no choice but to wait out a storm together when it hits. But can their moments of passion turn into forever?

It started with a storm…

Will it end in forever?

Brooke Williams is taking control of her life. The only thing this paramedic can’t control? The weather! So as her beachside break is struck by torrential rain, she finds herself helping injured residents alongside intriguing Doctor Danny Collins. Their chemistry is instant and soon they can’t resist waiting out the storm—between the sheets! But Danny’s holding something back and honesty is nonnegotiable for Brooke. Dare she risk her heart for a chance at happy-ever-after?

Marriage Reunion in the ER by Emily Forbes

Will the trauma surgeon be able to convince his estranged wife to start over again? Find out in the gripping final installment of the Bondi Beach Medics quartet by Emily Forbes.

One chance…
…to win back his wife!

Locking eyes over a patient isn’t how ER doctor Lily expected to be reunited with her estranged husband, Otto. Two years ago, she lost their baby and fled to Sydney, unable to share her grief. And as far as Lily’s concerned, their marriage is all but over. Yet trauma surgeon Otto is ready to fight for their relationship. Now he has three months to convince Lily they can make a fresh start…

From Harlequin Medical: Life and love in the world of modern medicine.

Bondi Beach Medics

Book 1: Rescuing the Paramedic’s Heart
Book 2: A Gift to Change His Life
Book 3: The Perfect Mother for His Son
Book 4: Marriage Reunion in the ER

How to Resist the Single Dad by JC Harroway

Will one stolen kiss with the single dad doc be enough to melt the GP trainee’s resistance? Find out in the latest Medical Romance by JC Harroway.

Her plan is simple:
Fight temptation!

GP trainee Stella Wright left the idyllic Cotswold village she grew up in, never planning to return…especially not to train at the local practice under Dr. Aaron Bennett. Now, being back is the least of her problems! Aaron is stoic, sexy and a single father, exactly the type of man Stella refuses to get involved with again. Only, one stolen kiss is enough to drive all efforts of resistance from her mind!

Dr. Finlay’s Courageous Bride by Marion Lennox

In this emotional read by award-winning author Marion Lennox, the nurse’s courage might just be enough to save them both!

The courage to say “I do”

Could save them both…

With a heavy heart, Sydney surgeon Rab tells residents that Cockatoo Valley must be sold. He can only inherit the land if he marries within six weeks. To save the town and the hospital that has become her sanctuary, scarred nurse Mia courageously offers to marry him for just one year! Until Rab’s kind eyes and heart-lifting smile make her dare to wish that one year could be the beginning of a lifetime together…

A Family Made in Paradise by Tina Beckett

All they needed was his arrival…they just don’t know it yet! Join this newfound family in paradise in the latest heartwarming read by Tina Beckett.

His arrival…
…makes paradise perfect!

Single mom and nurse Rachel Palmer is certain life couldn’t have any obstacles left to throw at her…until she is unexpectedly forced to work with ex-fling, Dr. Sebastien Deslaurier, again! Under pressure, there’s no time to think about the mutual passion that should have stayed in their past. But when Rachel watches Seb become the father figure her daughter never had, will she start thinking about their future—as a family?

A Date with Her Best Friend by Louisa Heaton

What happens when sparks begin to fly on the dance floor between a firefighter and her best friend? Find out in the latest Medical Romance by Louisa Heaton.

Can a fake date—

change everything?

Paramedic and single dad Tom is gorgeous, but to Cara, he’s simply her best friend. So when she needs a pretend date for her meddling father’s fundraising ball, Cara knows exactly who to call! Yet when learning to dance together in preparation, is it her imagination or is there suddenly a spark between them? Firefighter Cara knows she can’t replace the wife Tom lost, but deep down, she’s always loved him and his son. Is Tom beginning to feel the same?

Happy Reading!

Excerpts, Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Romance Novels

The Prince’s One-Night Baby – Excerpt

Who loves a royal romance? Me!!! I love writing royal romances and am so excited to share my first royal medical romance, The Prince’s One-Night Baby!, out October 25th.

Enjoy this brief excerpt:

There’d been a photographer sitting in a car when she’d first arrived, and more had appeared in the last hour. In Seattle, she’d occasionally seen journalists and photographers at the hospital, but never near the maternity wing, and usually only after a terrible accident.

“Waiting for our new OB.” Alexa let out a sigh as she looked out the window. “A few of them camped out back there, too. Guess they want to make sure they covered all potential entrances.”

“Did he work as a movie star at some point?” Calla chuckled as she looked up. The nurse’s stare cut the sound out of her throat. “Seriously, he was in the movies?”

“No.” Alexa looked at her and crossed her arms. “Did they really not tell you that you’d be working with King Ioannis’s little brother? Prince Kostas?”

“Kostas?” Her throat went dry as she processed the name. No way her Kostas was a prince. He would have said something…right?

Uncertainty pooled through her. Would he have told her? Their physical connection had been deep, electric, magical, but they’d not actually spoken of where they were going.

She’d called this an adventure and he’d only said he was going home. And that he wasn’t looking forward to his family’s expectations…

No. That didn’t mean anything. Far too many people had family expectations that were overburdening.

She and Kostas hadn’t shared too much, but that was a protective measure, one to guard their hearts as the heat between them burned but didn’t allow for any future. At least, that was how Calla viewed it and had assumed it was the same for him.

But what if was something else?

It had taken Liam almost a year before he’d told her how much wealth his family had. He’d claimed other girlfriends had used him for his family’s money.

She chewed on her lower lip. Surely, her Kostas, the man she’d spent the most passionate day of her life with, wasn’t a prince. It was just a name.

If he looks half as good as he did at his brother’s coronation, then he could be in the movies. But Palaío’s Prodigal Prince chose medicine.” The tinge of annoyance at the words Prodigal Prince sounded almost maternal. As if Alexa understood the desire but couldn’t quite countenance the choice the royal had made.

“Where was he working before?”

“Some city in the US. Starts with sea…” Alexa tapped her finger against her chin. “Sea—”

“Seattle.” Calla set the tablet down as she leaned against the desk.

“That’s it!” Alexa stated.

Kostas. Her mouth was dry. Kostas was here. Her heart hammered as she tried to figure out what this meant. Does it mean anything?

They’d had one blissful night together. But they’d given in to passion because they’d never expected to see one another again—or at least that was why she’d followed her needs.

Her cheeks heated as the memory of his fingers on her skin lit up her mind.

You can get your copy of Kostas and Calla’s happily ever after from your favorite bookseller here.