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Falling in love for the first time (with a dog)…

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I’ve always been a cat person. Growing up, we had two beautiful Burmese felines called Kelly and Misty and they were super smart. I know this because one time, when Kelly was sick, she jumped onto the counter and vommed in the sink. Instead of freaking out, I remember mum went over and petted her and said in a proud, pleased voice, good girl. Because I guess she could have vommed on the carpet?

Cats are smarter than dogs, surely? Cats are quiet, they keep themselves to themselves, they don’t pester you to do much. Dogs, I always thought, were far too needy: ‘Take me out, give me a treat, give me your food, pick up my poop.’ Who needs that from a dumb dog?, I thought. Not I.

Till now.

I have recently spent a lot of time with a white cockerpoo called Salty. Look at his face, I mean LOOK AT HIS FACE.

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He belongs to my boyfriend and he is, like my boyfriend, practically impossible not to love. And as this is a blog about love, what else could I write about this time, because now all I think about is Salty!

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When he’s not here, I miss him. Maybe more than my boyfriend (ssh). I miss the way he leaps on my ass in the biggest photo bomb ever, in the most scenic location ever, and still just makes it better (see above).

I miss those big brown eyes looking up at me from the floor when I’m eating a bacon sandwich. The old me would have been all like, ‘Eff off mate, nothing gets between me and my bacon,’ but now, I would willingly live a bacon-free morning, even on a British seafront, to give him the lot. Just to make him happy. Because his happiness is my happiness, you see? (And yes, we got him that special doggy ice-cream up there, because how could we not? He deserves it. He’s a magical being who brings joy and happiness, and beings like that are what ice-cream was made for).

Good god, this dog has changed me. Cats might be smart, but there’s a reason GOD is DOG spelled backwards.

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People always say you don’t know unrequited love till you have a dog. I get it now. I don’t have kids, and in my late-30s I’m not sure I ever will, but can’t a woman choose a different paradigm in which to display her motherly capacities? Can my maternal instincts not be redirected into feeding bits of bacon and special pots of ice-cream to a fluffy white Cockerpoo?

If not, well stop the world, because I want to get off… and play with my new best friend.

 

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Backlist Bingo!

Hello, this is Lynne Marshall, and I haven’t blogged at LIBM in ages, so just wanted to re-introduce myself. It’s great to visit again. As the Medical Romance authors motto goes – Once a Medical Romance author, always a Medical Romance author. >blushing and hugging myself<

Thank you for having me back!

My thirtieth book for Harlequin (Nineteen of which were for the Medical Romance line) will be released for the Special Edition line in 2020 (the final book of a trilogy, actually). I love to write trilogies and look forward to sharing the Taylor Sisters with the world, but that’s a blog for another day. My point is that after hanging around Harlequin for so many years, one of the perks is a long backlist, and backlists have expiration dates when the author can ask for the books back. Which leads me to why I’m here again blogging.

Any author will tell you of all their books there are always one or two that they hold a little closer to their heart. That’s how I feel about an entire trilogy I wrote for the Medical Romance line in 2009, which was published in 2010. It was set in Santa Barbara on the California coast, in a beautiful Victorian house turned medical clinic. Of course, that trilogy was never branded or promoted as a trilogy, and it sold accordingly. >clears throat<

That’s where the backlist is such a blessing for any enterprising author. I asked (begged) for my rights back for each book in that trilogy as the contract expiration drew near, and surprisingly was able to get the North American Rights returned for all three. Yippee! But North America meant I could only sell the books is US and Canada. Which is actually a good thing, since there is a huge digital untapped audience there who has never heard of me or my books. The downside is, the updated, retitled and beautifully covered books, aren’t available in the UK.

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So why am I here? (besides telling you about my next release that UK readers won’t be able to get a hold of?) To tell you that all three books are still available in original digital format in UK, and, in fact, the book I’m specifically talking about today is also getting republished in France in September as Un Bébé, Tout Simplement.

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Vote by raising hand, which covers do you like better?

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July 17th was the release of book #2 – MORE THAN HE BARGAINED FOR – (formerly The Heart Doctor and the Baby) in North America. I hope you’ll check out the digital book wherever you’re located. It’s one of my all-time favorites, and the very first book the wonderful and lovely Flo Nicoll edited for me. For that alone, I will always cherish the book.

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The contract was straight forward – no obligations. But there was something he hadn’t planned on…

Jon Becker, divorced father of teenage daughters, is dedicated to his job and looking forward to a sabbatical.
René Munro longs for a baby. Thirty-five and single, her options are limited. Except…her colleague and trusted friend, Jon, seems ideal genetic material! Dare she ask him to help make her baby dream come true?

Thanks so much for having me back. I love the Medical authors!

QUESTION: Of all the versions of the covers, or titles, which is your favorite? (Be honest. I can take it 😊)

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Double Delights !

Hello and welcome! Here we are at the magical height of summer (for me anyway – hello all of you rugged up Antipodeans!). We’ve got our first crop of hay in, have had two barbecues that didn’t require wearing snowsuits and…very excitingly…are just a handful of days away from the release of my latest Mills & Boon AND…(cue drumroll)…my first ever book by my new identity – Daisy Tate! The books are being released in quarters (a novella length each) but ALL on the same day so if you like part One – You can move on to Party Two (I mean part two – obviously. LOL.)

Click here if you’d like to read more about The Happy Glampers books!

So why the new name?
The short and sweet answer is – it was part of the publishing deal. And one I was happy to sign. A chance to try out a new voice and explore some untapped territories? Why not?

Does this mean I’m giving up Medicals?
No Way! I’ve got a book coming out August 1st (July 25th in some lucky areas) that I’m really proud of it as it marks yet another first! A brand new editor. I had a great editor before, but I love it when they mix things up at M&B because it keeps me on my toes and ensures I am always giving you the best story I can.

So…please forgive the shameless plugging but I’m SO excited it’s all I can think about (when I’m not thinking about our seven month old puppy!!!).

If you’re in the mood for glamping with gal pals or diving into a second chance romance with me or my new alter ego – now’s your chance! Do send along any questions for either book or feel free to follow Daisy Tate on Twitter or Facebook for more news on that front – or I’m at my usual spots on the same sites as me. I hope you have an amazing summer (or winter) and if you have any questions or exciting things to say that are first for you – do let me know!! Big kiss to all xx Annie O’

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Hobbies!

I am curious about what you all do for fun. You know…the times when you do something just for you. Writing used to be that for me, until my first book was published, then it became a job. Don’t get me wrong, I still love writing, but I don’t see it as a hobby anymore–as that thing I do just for the fun of it.

Most of you know that I have horses, so they are definitely one of my hobbies and those guys are members of my family. Well, I’ve also hand-quilted for many years. It’s something I don’t do as often as I used to, but I love it. It’s relaxing and something I can do while sitting in front of the television. But about six months ago, someone made me this beautiful horse-and-boots-themed quilt because…well horses! And that quilt, made by a very accomplished seamstress, was (gasp) machine quilted.quilt gift

I remember studying quilts to see how tiny and even the maker’s stitches were. I’d always been kind of a quilt snob. And yet, this machine-quilted beauty had all kinds of fun and intricate stitching. All somehow accomplished on my friend’s sewing machine. That’s when I decided I had to try my hand at that. And there were actually classes on that very thing: machine quilting. I felt like I’d been living under a rock. So I took a class and visited my friend to watch her work and to pick her brain. Then I stitched up my first machine-quilted project–on my fifteen-year-old sewing machine. A very simple table runner that I gave as a gift to someone. quilt front

Well, I’m hooked. I love the speed, and I love trying to coax my machine to give me what I want. It’s kind of like my horses–it’s a partnership that brings immense satisfaction. And now I’m envisioning a new sewing machine in my future. One that is made with quilting in mind. It’s new and exciting…and it’s just plain fun. quilt back

How about you? What do you do for fun? It can be a hobby or something else. I really do want to know!

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Things to enjoy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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12 Days of Christmas in July Giveaway

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

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

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North To Alaska by Fiona Lowe

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

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

Fiona x