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It’s Beginning To Look a Lot Like …

CHRISTMAS!

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Yeah, I know. Some of you may be squirming right now at me even talking about the festive season, but I know that the next book I’m going to write is going to be a Christmas one and so that means, for me, a lot of Christmas preparation.

I’ve been making a Christmas Spotify playlist and though there’s only a few songs on there at the moment, it’s slowly building.

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I’m also setting my story in Iceland, in a fictional town, but am very much enjoying researching Icelandic festive traditions and, of course, my hot hero! There are a few candidates and I thought you could help me choose my inspiration!

Now, because I don’t want to incur the wrath of copyright infringement on photos (which I have fallen foul of, in the past and it cost me a pretty penny, or two!) I’m going to put the link to pictures of my heroes on Pinterest, on my Which Viking? board. This link is safe.

My first hero that I’m looking at is Lasse Matberg. He’s your classic-looking Viking. Blonde. Blue-eyed, rugged. Broad and muscular. Yum!

The second hero that I’m looking at is Travis Fimmel (and he appeared int he show Vikings. He has lovely ice-blue eyes, but appears more rough and ready to me and I’m not sure he has the right appeal for me.

The third hero I’m looking at is Chris Hemsworth! I mean, he plays Thor, so I had to put him in, right?

And finally, my secret favourite, is Alexander Skaarsgard. He played Eric the vampire in True Blood and Tarzan, Lord Greystoke, for heaven’s sake! (sighs)

They all have their plus points for me! I’m not sure if I can choose between Lasse and Alexander.

I can’t think why …

Anyhoo! Tell me which one you like the best?

Who should be my Icelandic Paediatrician hero?

Or is there someone else I might have missed? Tell me all about it in the comments below. I can’t wait to drool over more pictures can’t wait to see what you suggest!

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Backlist bounty by Amy Andrews

One of the best things about being a Harlequin author is how often they re-invigorate your backlist. Not every reader gets every book of yours when they’re out and this gives everyone a second chance or new readers their first taste.

It’s especially great when they’re released as part of an anthology and grouped around a particular theme – like paremedics, or babies or midwives etc etc. This lets readers shop and buy according to the tropes/themes that they love and hopefully they’ll also find a new author or three 🙂

I’m lucky to currently be paired with the fabuous Marion Lennox and Meredith Webber in a Christmas anthology that’s out here on shelf at the moment. I just love the sunny Aussie cover!

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Its also available digitally.

Here are the three books included for anyone interested.

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From Christmas To Forever – Marion Lennox

Heiress Dr Pollyanna Hargreaves has been wrapped in cotton wool all her life, now she’s determined to strike out on her own! But she never expected to get stuck with handsome GP Dr Hugo Denver for Christmas. He’s meant to have left on holiday with his adorable niece already – not be tempting her at every turn!

Forced to work together Hugo’s icy exterior soon begins to thaw. And it’s not long before Polly realises that she’s falling for him…and little Ruby too!

Swept Away By The Seductive Stranger – Amy Andrews

Nurse Felicity Mitchell’s train journey of a lifetime was even more unforgettable when she met Callum Hollingsworth. Neither were looking for temptation, but that didn’t stop them from sharing one hot, wild night!

Except when they disembark they learn that what happened on the train won’t stay on the train. Because the gorgeous stranger is Flick’s new boss…and it’s increasingly difficult to keep their chemistry under control, and leave it at just one night!

The Temptation Test – Meredith Webber

When Jena arrived in Kareela, three weeks before Christmas, she had one goal: to convince her boss to put her on his new TV survival series. But first she had to survive primitive accommodation, filming a documentary about Kareela’s bush hospital, and the ever-so-tempting Dr Noah Blacklock.

A relationship was no part of her agenda and, as a man still technically engaged, it wasn’t part of Noah’s, either. But oh, Jena was so beautiful. They failed the Temptation Test repeatedly, but neither was going to turn a wonderful affair into something altogether more memorable!

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Tell me, have you ever found an author you’ve gone on to love/glom from an anthology?

PS – I have another Xmas book out at the moment on shelf in the US and digitally everywhere. Its a romcom not a medical but if you love a good festive read, you can’t go wrong!

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Covered Bridges of New Hampshire

By Susan Carlisle

I have spent time recently driving around the windy, narrow roads of New Hampshire looking for covered bridges. Some are amazing. Many have been redone in the last 40 years to preserve them.

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Why a covered bridge you ask. Because the cover protects the wood. A wooden bridge built without a cover will last 20 years. One with a cover will last up to 100 years. With the cold, rain and snow of New England having a covered bridge just made since in the 1800s.

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There are over 70 in the state of New Hampshire. No, I didn’t try to see them all in the same trip!

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Most of these are still working one-way bridges that people travel to and from work and school on daily.

I hope you enjoy a little bit of my adventure.

Have you ever visited a covered bridge?

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Christmas in October is better than Christmas in July!

When I was a child, like most kids, I loved Christmas. There was so much to look forward to. Not just gifts, but, in my case, a trip to my Grandma’s house in the country, visits to my Aunt at the beach, and Christmas brunch at my Grandaunt’s house too.

Even as a young adult, I enjoyed the season, for different reasons. In Jamaica, “the season” pretty much starts on December 1st and lasts until after New Year, with parties of all kinds, family visits, etc. abounding. Also, my mother loved Christmas and we’d spend happy hours decorating the house and planning for the making of Christmas puddings, along with figuring out who was hosting what event among the family members.

Truthfully, my feelings about Christmas starting changing the year my mother passed away. Although by then I was a mother myself, and I always tried to make it special for my son and step-kids, but my own personal feelings about the holiday took a bit of a dive.

The final nail in my Christmas cheer coffin came from working in a retail craft store, after I moved to Canada. Initially the needlework and cross stitch kits started coming out in June, and then we’d have a reprieve until about September but after that it was all Christmas goods. A few years later there was a “Christmas in July” event at the store and then it was all Christmas thereafter, until I was, frankly, sick of the whole thing.

By the time actual Christmas came, I was without even a modicum of seasonal cheer. In fact, I’d go so far as to say I was more likely to say, “Bah, humbug” than “Merry Christmas.”

Last year, though, I found myself looking forward to Christmas once again. In this new life of mine there may not be any winter snow, but I’ve rediscovered the joy of the season. Having a Christmas themed story coming out in October this year though, almost set me back! “Too soon!” I thought, when I saw the October 1st release date, but I’ve gotten over that knee-jerk reaction, to rather enjoying the thought of those people who really love the holidays getting a chance to get their hands on Christmas books!

BookOct6My Christmas story, The Nurse’s Christmas Temptation, is available now, for all you folks who just can’t wait until December to get your Christmas fix. I hope you enjoy Harmony and Cam’s story as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Unfortunately I’ll be offline when this post goes live, but once I get a chance to check, I’ll make sure to reply to any comments.

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Globetrotting – Author-style…

Hi everyone! 😊

As a self-employed, freelance writer, I don’t always have the budget to travel the world as I’d like. But imagination is my bread and butter, and the next deadline is always looming, so I put both things to good use when planning out my books–especially the settings!

I’ve just turned in revisions on my fifth book for Medicals (so hard to believe! I still pinch myself every day to make sure I’ve really reached one of my biggest dreams of becoming a Harlequin author ❤️). Anyway, after spending three of my books for the line in Alaska, and one in snowy, wintery Michigan, I decided to go tropical for this next milestone book.

Hawaii has always been on my bucket list of places to visit, and while I can’t afford to go quite yet in real life, I had a blast researching all the cool locations on Oahu that I plan to hit when I do eventually get there. (Believe into existence, right?) Places like:

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Ehukai Park and the Banzai Pipeline

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USS Arizona Memorial and Pearl Harbor

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The gorgeous Manoa Falls Hiking Trail

Book 5, however, won’t be out until Spring 2020, so where else have I been exploring?

Well, for my next release, A Weekend with Her Fake Fiance (releasing January 1, 2020), I revisited Alaska. But instead of staying in Anchorage, as my first two books did, this story  takes place at a fictional luxury resort, The Arctic Star, in the far north of the state. It’s owned by my hero’s family, though he’s kept that secret from everyone because… reasons.  LOL. Anyway, this book also has a fabulous fake relationship trope and features paramedic Zac Taylor (whom you might remember from books 1 and 2 that were set in my Anchorage Mercy world) and midwife Carmen Sanchez–she needs a fiance pronto because she may have lied just a little to her potential new bosses (oops 😉). This book’s location was so much fun to research, and talk about a picturesque weekend getaway, eh? Take a look at these photos of the actual resort I based my fictional Arctic Star on…

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Not too shabby, right? Someday I’ll visit for real. Until then, I’ll continue to live vicariously through my book research and visit every corner of the globe! Hey, it’s cheap, easy, and always comes with a Happily Ever After! ❤️

What’s your dream vacation location? Tell me in the comments below. I’d love to hear all about it! 💖

Until next time, Happy Reading! 🤓 📚

Traci 🙂

Out Now:

BOOKOct1  Second Chance…

…under the mistletoe!

GP Nick Marlowe returned to his hometown to focus on raising his young son. The last person he expects to see in Bayside is high-flying Beverly Hills surgeon Belle! The childhood sweetheart he let go so she could pursue her dream of attending medical school. Only working side-by-side to reopen her late aunt’s free Christmas Eve clinic their magical connection returns… Could a mistletoe kiss spark another chance—just in time for Christmas?

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Coming January 1, 2020:

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…become her husband for life?

To secure the job of her dreams, midwife Carmen Sanchez needs a fiancé, and fast! Paramedic Zac Taylor should be the last man she asks—there’s nothing fake about the attraction between them! Yet while lone wolf Zac might not be interested in forever, he pulls out all the stops to play fiancé of the year—and their make-believe engagement starts to feel all too real…

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Getting organised by Kate Hardy

Kate HardyWhen I last posted, things were in a bit of a state of flux. We were waiting for exam results, and I’m thrilled to say our daughter got in to her first-choice uni (though I miss her horribly – she’s five hours away!). But now things are settling down, with our son back home from uni and our daughter moved away to uni, and I’m getting used to a whole new set of routines – and so is the dog!

The biggest change is to the mornings. Our son has a six-month chemistry job, which is wonderful (very good experience, plus time hopefully to get through his driving test, so applying for a permanent job next year will be easier) – but it means I need to drop him at the train station at 6.15. In turn, that means the dog is getting a rather earlier walk! We’ve been lucky to see some amazing sunrises. (And we won’t talk about the flooding this weekend, when we got two inches of rain on Sunday and a few major roads became impassable…)

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I’m back at the point of being able to organise myself again. So I have my diary and two small whiteboards – one on the fridge so I can organise meals for the week/see appointments and everyone’s work shifts at a glance (which also makes it easier to do the grocery shopping list), and one propped on the piano so I know what I’m doing each day re work projects and exercise routine. It’s all very nerdy, but if I don’t tick things off then things just get missed.

How do you organise yourself? What’s your top tip?

Kate Hardy has two new releases coming up: The Soldier Prince’s Secret Baby Gift in October (if you like snow, Father Christmas and royal romances, this will be up your street) and Mistletoe Proposal on the Children’s Ward (which you’ll enjoy if you like Christmassy things and ballet).

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Life is not boring!

You get a post from me twice this week! 😉 Although, it’s my pleasure and so easy to share the new Medical Romance releases.  I love doing that, my wallet does not…

So a lot of stuff has been happening to me since I last blogged and it’s been a bit of a struggle. I will admit, I’ve been struggling the last little while. It’s been a rough couple of years, but I’m still here and life certainly isn’t boring. It’s been rough, but I’m hanging in there.

I went to back to back conferences end of July and early August. RWA Nationals in NYC where I got to hang out with fellow medical authors Louisa George, Robin Gianna, Amy Andrews, Susan Carlisle, Scarlet Wilson, Janice Lynn and Denise Chavers!IMG_4812

It was my first time meeting Amy Andrews. We’ve talked online for years and I got to hang out with her, which is amazing. I also got to meet some of my favourite Harlequin authors including Reese Ryan who said “Damn, girl you ARE tall!” and Joss Wood who is an absolute hoot!

I also got to meet Becca Syme, who is an amazing speaker and knows me so well. I took her Write Better Faster Course on advice from a friend just after Mom passed. It was mind blowing and then I took her Strengths for Writers, again AH-MAZING. So when I went to her RWA session, I thought yeah she won’t know me. She did. She knew who I was and I got a hug, which made me cry…she’s been there through my whole journey of realigning myself.IMG_4757

I know I’m forgetting people, but all in all Nationals was amazing!

Two days after Nationals it was on to Ottawa for Romancing the Capital, which I’ve gone to for the last five years.

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Some of my favourite RTC authors! Eve Vaughn, Desiree Holt, Susan Hayes, Becca Jameson.

It’s on hiatus next year, as am I, because one thing I’ve learned in the last year since my mother passed is to take a break and I was facing burn out, big time!

The problem was, I got a call the morning I was leaving Ottawa that my father in law passed away unexpectedly. Ottawa is 6 hours from where I live and then where my father in law was, was another 2 hrs.

Since 2018, it’s been a steady stream of losses for my family. It’s been constant and on top of that I got a new editor, then that editor left and I got ANOTHER new editor.

I was staring down book #25 and thinking I can’t write this. This is a milestone book and how can I write this??

I worked for ever word and turned in a draft 10,000 words short. It was also the first book I was working on with my new editor. The first round of revisions were tough, but she knew what I was going through and she gave me such support about being able to write at all! I did the revisions and then within a day (man she’s a speedy reader!), second set with two deadlines. I opted for the earlier one, though I told her I was worried I wouldn’t make it because of my daughter’s 16th birthday and Ontario University Fair in Toronto (yes, my daughter has started looking at universities eek!).

But I got the revisions in and I’m happy to say that Book #25 Baby Bombshell for the Doctor Prince was accepted today.

AND I’m sharing my cover for my January 2020 release. that’s part of a duet with Susan Carlisle. Pregnant with the Paramedic’s Baby will be out in the new year (It’s book #24).

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So, I guess the point of this rambling post is to not give up. Life doesn’t make it easy sometimes, but even if you feel like you’re struggling, that you’re failing, keep going! And know that I’m rooting for you! ❤