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December New Releases

Happy Festive season everyone! I apologize if my typing is a bit wonky, I sliced my finger open and of course, it’s the pinky which usually works the shift key. Writer problems eh?

It’s December first and that means brand new releases from our awesome authors!

Congratulations to Louisa Heaton on her 20th book A GP Worth Staying For!

Winter Nights with the Single Dad by Allie Kincheloe

Two months in Toronto…
a gift to change her life?
As a TV star, surgeon Stella was suffocated by the pressure to be perfect. So the offer of a temporary job three thousand miles away from home is a chance to break free. Then, meeting single dad Dr. Aiden Cook and his little boy offers a window into a life she could never have imagined! Now Stella must ask, “Do I really want to leave?”
 
The Christmas Project quartet
Book 1 – Christmas Miracle in Jamaica by Ann McIntosh
Book 2 – December Reunion in Central Park by Deanne Anders
Book 3 – Winter Nights with the Single Dad by Allie Kincheloe
Book 4 – A Festive Fling in Stockholm by Scarlet Wilson

White Christmas with Her Millionaire Doc by Becky Wicks

Can Christmas together…
…mend their broken hearts?
Montana ski-resort owner and single dad Dr. Jax Clayborn doubts the new locum from New York City can survive five minutes in his busy clinic, let alone two months! But dedicated Dr. Ophelia Lavelle’s kindness toward his son thaws a heart that’s been frozen since his wife died. Yet Ophelia must return home after Christmas to her own reality and, no matter how tempting it is, a just-for-Christmas romance can’t lead to forever…can it?

ER Doc to Mistletoe Bride by Louisa George

From one intimate night…
…to a Christmas proposal?
Dr. Rachel Tait has come to the winter wonderland of Sainte Colette to work. After the humiliation of being left at the altar, she’s determined to ignore the romance of sparkling snow and seasonal decorations. And meeting her gorgeous new boss, Matthieu LeFevre, only makes her redouble her efforts to shield herself! Until one fateful evening, he rescues her from the slopes and insists on taking care of her—all night long…

Christmas Miracle at the Castle by Alison Roberts

A Christmas angel…
…to transform his world!
For GP Euan McKendry, Christmas is not the most wonderful time of the year—it conjures up too many painful memories. But his home, Ravenswood Castle, is hosting its annual Christmas camp for sick children…and when perky pediatrician Abby Hawkins arrives to help, Euan knows he’s in trouble. Not only does Abby adore the festive season, but she sees beyond Euan’s impenetrable facade: to a man in need of a miracle!

A GP Worth Staying For by Louisa Heaton

A Second chance…
…with the new Island doc?
For widowed GP Owen Ledger, the arrival of his replacement, Dr. Lucy Childs, is step one on the road to a new life away from the island where he spent his marriage. Only as Owen hands over the practice to warmhearted Lucy, he starts to see everything through fresh eyes. Could Lucy be the final step to a second chance and show Owen that he does belong on the island—with her?

A Festive Fling in Stockholm by Scarlet Wilson

She’ll have to break his rules…
…to win his heart!
Stepping into Stockholm City Hospital, visiting specialist Dr. Cora Campbell expects to ruffle a few feathers. But she doesn’t expect the brooding head of midwifery, Jonas Nilsson, to get under her skin! Surrounded by the charm of the city’s ice-kissed festivities, their electric chemistry is proving impossible to resist. Cora relishes the challenge to break down Jonas’s defenses…and to show him it’s time to take a chance!
 
The Christmas Project quartet
Book 1 – Christmas Miracle in Jamaica by Ann McIntosh
Book 2 – December Reunion in Central Park by Deanne Anders
Book 3 – Winter Nights with the Single Dad by Allie Kincheloe
Book 4 – A Festive Fling in Stockholm by Scarlet Wilson

Happy Reading!

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What does Self-Care look like to you?

If I’ve had a theme this year, it’s been self-care. Over the last few years, I put my personal needs on the back burner, giving far more of myself to others than was sustainable long-term. I am by nature a giver, a caretaker, and it’s hard for me to say no to others who need my help. So, the whole concept of actually putting myself first? Yeah, that’s been a hard one.

It took me a minute to realize that self-care is not selfish. We simply can’t care for others if we are falling apart.

In my upcoming Christmas release, Winter Nights with the Single Dad, Stella has to make some real changes in her life in the name of self-care. She travels halfway across the world to take care of her needs.

Stella’s situation meant she needed to go big. The changes I’ve made have been on a much smaller scale:

  • I took a short kid-free vacation to visit one of my best friends for a week.
  • I’ve given myself more time to refill the creative well by reading a lot of books and watching a lot of movies (both good and bad).
  • I’ve taken time off writing when I needed the break.
  • I changed my diet to avoid the things that make my Rheumatoid Arthritis flare.
  • And biggest of all, I’ve learned to say no to others when what they want affects what I need.

What are your favorite ways to practice self-care? Anyone have any tips on how to make this easier to incorporate into your life when you aren’t naturally inclined to do so?

Winter Nights with the Single Dad available Dec 2021

It’s time for surgeon Stella to start over in this emotional, seasonal story from Harlequin Medical author Allie Kincheloe.

Two months in Toronto… …a gift to change her life? As a TV star, surgeon Stella was suffocated by the pressure to be perfect. So the offer of a temporary job three thousand miles away from home is a chance to break free. Then, meeting single dad Dr. Aiden Cook and his little boy offers a window into a life she could never have imagined! Now Stella must ask, “Do I really want to leave?”

Pre-order now.

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Stepping outside my comfort zone

I have a tendency to write what I know.

I know small towns. I know southern, y’all. (Yes, I really do say y’all in real life.) So, I tend to set my books in small towns or in the southern US. Sometimes both…

It’s my comfort zone.

I just finished final edits on a book that will be out in December that threw me so far out of my comfort zone though. It was set in Toronto, Canada.

Small town? Not at all!

Southern? Um… definitely not.

It stretched my limits, uncomfortably so at times. But it was gave me a lot of opportunity for growth. I did a lot of research, so hopefully I got the setting right!

Comfort zones are great in many ways. Given the craziness of the last year, I think having a safe space is important for us all. Sometimes we have to put ourselves out there though. Try something new. Push our own boundaries a bit so that we don’t stagnate.

How have you stepped out of your comfort zone lately?

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May New Releases!

Happy May and Cinco de Mayo!

We have some brand new releases this month and a milestone!

Congrats to Deanne Anders on her 5th book with Medicals.

Now on to some great medicals to sink your teeth into.

Unlocking the Rebel’s Heart by Alison Roberts

When a temporary fling…
Turns into a lifetime together!
Paramedic Benjamin is the beating heart of Cutler’s Creek, and it’s no secret settling down is off his agenda. Yet when locum doctor Joy literally crashes into his life, the attraction between them is electric. Finding themselves working together, they do everything to ignore the growing temptation. But when Joy sees the real man behind the bachelor, she knows she’s lost to him forever!

The Neurosurgeon’s Unexpected Family by Deanne Anders

From single surgeon…
…to family man?
Dr. William Cooper has been truly thrown in at the deep end… His eleven-month-old half sister has been placed into his care and he needs to figure out how to be a surrogate father—quick! So when nurse Hannah Reeves offers to help, William couldn’t be more thankful. He just didn’t imagine that the minute Hannah entered his life, he’d find himself wanting her to be the final piece in his unexpected family!

Reunited with Doctor Devereaux by Allie Kincheloe

An unexpected reunion…
A second chance at love?
Years ago, trauma surgeon Danny Owens broke his promise and broke GP Camilla Devereaux’s heart. Now Danny is back. The terms of his late father’s will mean Danny and Camilla have to work together for the next six months. They loved each other once, and it’s clear there’s still something burning between them. Can they leave the past behind and embrace the bright future they deserve…together?

Reawakened by the Italian Surgeon by Scarlet Wilson

Top surgeon, devoted single dad…
the doctor to open her heart?
Flying to Rome to separate conjoined twins is just the fresh start that Autumn needs. Her latest breakup has proved that her heart belongs only to surgery. But lead surgeon and widower Giovanni Lombardi has her pulse racing, and his adorable daughter awakens a longing for a family Autumn never thought she wanted—until now…
Double Miracle at St Nicolino’s Hospital novel
 
Double Miracle at St Nicolino’s Hospital duet
Book 1 – A Family Made in Rome by Annie O’Neil
Book 2 – Reawakened by the Italian Surgeon by Scarlet Wilson

Nurse’s One Night Baby Surprise by Louisa George

Doctor Off-Limits:
The father of her baby!
Doctor Fraser is the last man nurse Briana should be attracted to—she’s kept her feelings for him under wraps for years. When he moves to her Lake District village with his troubled teenage daughter, Bri wants desperately to help them. But after her chemistry with Fraser flares out of control, Bri must tell him the most shocking news of all…

A Family Made in Rome by Annie O’Neil

Can one last night in New York
Lead to a new beginning in Rome?
When Leon Cassanetti is called on to perform pioneering surgery on conjoined twins, he knows who he wants by his side—his ex, Lizzy Beckley. Their history is complicated…but Lizzy is honored to join Leon in Rome to save these babies. Only first she must deliver a baby bombshell of her own to this career-driven bachelor!
Double Miracle at St Nicolino’s Hospital novel

Double Miracle at St Nicolino’s Hospital duet
Book 1 – A Family Made in Rome by Annie O’Neil
Book 2 – Reawakened by the Italian Surgeon by Scarlet Wilson

Happy Reading!

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Excerpt: Reunited with Doctor Devereaux

My latest book is a second chance romance set in a small Southern town. The love interests are former high school sweethearts who now have more of an enemies vibe after their breakup left a lot of hurt feelings.

Anyone else love a good enemies to lovers story?

An unexpected reunion…
A second chance at love?
Years ago, trauma surgeon Danny Owens broke his promise and broke GP Camilla Devereaux’s heart. Now Danny is back. The terms of his late father’s will mean Danny and Camilla have to work together for the next six months. They loved each other once, and it’s clear there’s still something burning between them. Can they leave the past behind and embrace the bright future they deserve…together?

Get your copy here.

Excerpt:

He stepped through the open door. Another intense wave of grief rushed over him when he stood in front of the antique walnut desk his father had kept polished to a shine. He ran a finger across the dark, gleaming surface.

Why didn’t you give me the chance to say goodbye to you, old man? Did you hate me that much?

“What are you doing here, Danny? I am perfectly capable of taking care of a child with asthma. I don’t require the assistance of a big-city trauma surgeon.” Camilla crossed her arms over her chest and his gaze flicked down to the hint of cleavage her blouse revealed. Immediately adjusting her clothing, she hissed out, “Keep your eyes on my face and your thoughts to a PG rating, please.”

“Maybe I just wanted to check out my inheritance,” he snapped, trying to regain the high ground with her. He knew he couldn’t afford to let his guard down, but even so, the baldness of those words sat hard on his heart. Maybe it was the heartbreak he glimpsed in her eyes before she shut down and the emotionless facade of their teen years returned to her gaze. But it was too late by that point to retract the words; the harm had been done. “That came out badly.”

He was the one who had hurt her. She had done nothing but love him and she certainly had the right to be suspicious of his motives now. He’d given her plenty of reason. He’d broken her heart because he knew he wasn’t good enough for her. He’d been of no use to anyone, even himself. So, why was he acting so defensively toward her?

Guilt, maybe? His mom had always said, A guilty conscious will stalk you for the rest of your life. If this wasn’t proof of that…

Tilting her head, Camilla scrutinized him. He tried not to let her see what he was feeling, but her time in foster care had made her an expert at decoding faces. She’d always been able to read him like a book, while he’d struggled to name a single emotion from her. She’d kept her feelings close to the chest, burying things so deep he wasn’t sure she even processed them.

When they’d first started dating, he’d tried to get her to open up to him about her past, to discover details about her childhood, but she had shut that line of questioning down fast. Even when they’d been together long enough for her to trust him, there were things she still refused to share, topics that he couldn’t touch without her walking away.

Camilla had a policy that the past was the past and it had no place in her present or future. Knowing that, his last words to her eight years ago had been cold, cruel, and designed to cut straight to her core—the only way he knew how to protect her from himself.

He still hated himself for using that knowledge to his advantage.

In doing so, he had put himself in the position of being her past, and despite being forced together for the foreseeable future, there had never been more distance between them.

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Inspiration

“How do you come up with so many stories?”

People are always asking me where I come up with my ideas, where my inspiration comes from. Usually I shrug, because I don’t always know (and let’s face it, I’m an introvert who hates talking about myself). But for my new release, “A Nurse, a Surgeon, a Christmas Engagement,” I do have some clues.

A few years ago, my family and I vacationed in the Great Smoky Mountains and ever since I have been itching to set a story there, but I never had just the right one. Then I began working on Dex and Lena’s story. From the beginning, I knew they would be going back to his hometown, and it didn’t take long for me to realize that their story was perfect to set in the Smokies. The town itself is fictional, sadly, but I hope readers recognize some of the landmarks and that I have captured the spirit of Christmas in the mountains.

Inspiration for Dex’s family home also came from my real-life experiences. Like the Henry family, my own family lives in a log cabin that is far from soundproof. But it has all the same character and homey feelings that Lena noticed when she stepped through the door for the first time. I felt the same way the very first time I stepped through the door here—I felt like I was home.

Christmas is a magical time that should be filled with the warmth of love, family, and home. I hope you enjoy Dex and Lena’s journey towards love this December. And from my home to yours, I wish each of you reading this a very Merry Christmas and the happiest of holidays.

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From emergency wedding date…

To happily-ever-after?

Nurse Lena has serious doubts about playboy surgeon Dex’s request that she be his emergency date to his brother’s wedding… But when he offers to be her fake boyfriend in return to meet her family obligation, she reluctantly agrees. Maybe it’s the heady spirit of the season—or a Christmas miracle!—but Dex surprises Lena at every turn. Could he be the man she swore she never wanted?

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December New Releases

Wow. I can’t believe it’s December. It feels like 2020 has lasted a MILLION years, but here we are at the end of a very tough year.

And we have some brand spanking new releases to finish off 2020 and what a way to make things brighter!

Also congrats to Charlotte Hawkes on her 15th book and Louisa George on her 20th book!

The Princess’s Christmas Baby by Louisa George

A pregnant princess…

…and her knight in shining scrubs?

When a forbidden and oh so passionate weekend together leads to a veryunexpected consequence, Dr. Lucas Beaufort and Princess Gigi Baresi find their lives turned upside down. So when a car crash leaves Gigi’s father—the king!—with his life hanging in the balance, she’ll have to decide: duty to the crown, or claim the family, and love, she’s always wanted…

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

Royal Christmas at Seattle General

Book 1: Falling for the Secret Prince by Alison Roberts

Book 2: Neurosurgeon’s Christmas to Remember by Traci Douglass

Book 3: The Bodyguard’s Christmas Proposal by Charlotte Hawkes

Book 4: The Princess’s Christmas Baby by Louisa George

The Bodyguard’s Christmas Proposal by Charlotte Hawkes

The top of her Christmas list?

A family!

Nurse Kat Steel always wanted a big family, but a childhood accident and her ex’s departure ended that dream—she’s not about to lay her heart on the line again. Until Logan Connors—ex-bodyguard and new trauma surgeon—and his adorable son arrive! Logan’s complicated past means he’s not looking for happily-ever-after, either. Could a little mistletoe magic change that for them all?

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

Royal Christmas at Seattle General

Book 1: Falling for the Secret Prince by Alison Roberts

Book 2: Neurosurgeon’s Christmas to Remember by Traci Douglass

Book 3: The Bodyguard’s Christmas Proposal by Charlotte Hawkes

Book 4: The Princess’s Christmas Baby by Louisa George

Mistletoe Kiss with the Heart Doctor by Marion Lennox

Can just one kiss…

…really change her life—forever?

When Dr. Elsa McCrae rescues a mortified Dr. Marcus Pierce from a fall into an underground cave, planning the usual Christmas party for her local community has to take a back seat! As she’s forced to accept Marc’s offer of help during the busy holiday season, the charming cardiologist soon has Elsa fighting to protect her heart, knowing he’ll return to the city as soon as the festivities are over…

Forever Family for the Midwife by Kate Hardy

Can he risk his heart…

…on the single mom?

Midwife Nathaniel has been wary of love ever since his girlfriend walked out after his accident. Until he meets obstetrician Rebecca! Their chemistry is undeniable. Only, she’s a widowed single mom with no interest in a relationship. As Nathaniel gradually breaks down her walls, and their spark becomes a flame, he knows they have something special…but are they ready to take a leap of faith for a chance at forever?

Christmas Under the Northern Lights by Annie O’Neil

One Christmas on a Scottish island…

A lifetime together?

After her fiancé’s shocking betrayal, district nurse Audrey Walsh hopes to escape Christmas on remote Bourtree Island! Instead, she’s met by a gorgeous man in a Santa suit—Dr. Cooper MacAskill! They’re stuck working—and living—together till New Year, both with their demons to face. Except their inconvenient attraction and the warmth of this island community offer them healing and happiness—if they have the courage to take it!

A Nurse, a Surgeon, a Christmas Engagement by Allie Kincheloe

From emergency wedding date…

To happily-ever-after?

Nurse Lena has serious doubts about playboy surgeon Dex’s request that she be his emergency date to his brother’s wedding… But when he offers to be her fake boyfriend in return to meet her family obligation, she reluctantly agrees. Maybe it’s the heady spirit of the season—or a Christmas miracle!—but Dex surprises Lena at every turn. Could he be the man she swore she never wanted?

Have a Happy Holiday Season! Happy Reading! xo

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A Nurse, a Surgeon, a Christmas Engagement, by Allie Kincheloe

Normally, I’m not a Christmas in October girl, but 2020 has been one of those years that I can’t wait for the warm and cozy feel of the holidays. It’s time for Hallmark Christmas movies, a snuggly blanket, and as many Christmas romance novels as I can binge read.

What are some of your favorite Christmas reads?

I have my own Christmas story out this December. I hope you like Dex and Lena’s story. Here’s an excerpt (and a universal link, if you want to preorder).

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From emergency wedding date…

To happily-ever-after?

Nurse Lena has serious doubts about playboy surgeon Dex’s request that she be his emergency date to his brother’s wedding… But when he offers to be her fake boyfriend in return to meet her family obligation, she reluctantly agrees. Maybe it’s the heady spirit of the season—or a Christmas miracle!—but Dex surprises Lena at every turn. Could he be the man she swore she never wanted?

Excerpt:

His grip tightened around the scalpel in his hand. He’d rather stab himself with it than give Westfield something else to gossip about. He had only been home once since his ill-fated trip to the altar, and it had been awkward to say the least. In a single week at home, his mom had stuck every single woman in town under the age of forty in his path in hopes that he’d finally move on from Jessie. Awkward? Nah… What could be awkward about a parade of women he wasn’t remotely interested in?

He had, though.

Moved on, that is. Even if his mother was having trouble believing that.

He dated. Quite frequently, even. But no one seriously enough to bring home. He only dated to have a little adult companionship on occasion. A physical release, not an emotional connection. No risk for either party. In fact, he told anyone he dated from day one just what he was willing to give, and he always made sure to end things before anyone got hurt. None of the women he’d dated recently would work for this half-hatched plan, either.

He wouldn’t want to lead someone on, after all. Taking someone home for a family wedding during the holidays implied so many emotions that Dex almost shuddered in revulsion at the thought. Asking a woman to be his date to a family wedding at Christmas implied that a box with a diamond ring sat under the tree. And he’d never take that step again.

No, he planned to stay single forever. He had zero interest in long-term commitment, and he’d hesitate to do anything that might give any impression otherwise. After his trip down Matrimony Lane had dead-ended with him standing at the altar alone, his entire hometown watching as he got dumped from afar, Dex could live the rest of his life without putting himself into that sort of situation again.

“Taking a date would save me from more than a few matchmaking attempts and a fair bit of pointed stares. But finding someone on such short notice would be nearly impossible. It’s a Christmas wedding,” he added aloud, his thoughts running with how much more difficult the timing made things.

Getting someone to pretend to be his new girlfriend in June would have been easy. He’d just spring for a few days at a luxury beach resort and voilà, instant girlfriend. But with the wedding planned for the holidays, it made it ten times trickier to find someone to go along with a fake relationship scheme.

“Ah…so you need someone to go home with you, pretend to like you, and for the holidays no less. That will be hard to find.” Lena’s green eyes sparkled and he thought he might be able to see a hint of a smile behind her mask. “Who would have thought that a handsome young surgeon would have to resort to a fake Christmas girlfriend?”

“Are you volunteering?”

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Routine? Who needs Routine? by Allie Kincheloe

Routine is a BIG thing in our house. My 11-year-old son has autism and thrives on routine. Saying it is important to us is a massive understatement. Well, like everything else in this world, routine has been thrown out on its ear like a rowdy customer in a bar. Virtual classes this spring were far from a success, so we opted to home school this year. It’s going better than virtual did, but it’s still a lot of change. He does not like change.

He’s not the only one. 

My routine has been swept to the side because his needs have to come first. My every weekday writing schedule was shredded back in the spring, never to be recreated. Writing has been squeezed in around home schooling, meltdowns, and lots and lots of walks. My office has morphed into a home school classroom. The hours of quiet where the noisiest thing I heard was the sound of my dog snoring at my feet are long gone. They have been replaced by a stimming boy running back and forth through the house, bare feet slapping rhythmically against the hardwood floors. 

A few weeks ago, my husband noticed that I was getting stressed from not writing. With a looming deadline for my next medical, my anxiety was skyrocketing. I only had half a book. What was I going to do with half a book? I couldn’t turn that in. I didn’t have time to write though. So, he worked it out so that I could have a couple days every other week where he’s here to do home school and I could write. (He’s pretty great, huh?)

Side note: Anyone ever tried to write a cohesive book while only working on it a couple days every other week? I do NOT recommend this.

I even managed to turn my newest manuscript in before the deadline! It’s a second chance romance, full of enemies-to-lovers vibes and forced proximity. It really took an emotional toll on me, so I’m hoping that readers will connect with it. It will be coming sometime late spring/early summer. It wasn’t written like anything that I’ve done in the past, but I’m proud of it all the same. Maybe even more so because of the struggles I endured to write it. Through all this, I learned that I don’t need quiet to write. I don’t need a dedicated office or a typical Monday through Friday work week.

And routine? Who needs routine? (We do… we still do.)

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What’s keeping you distracted today, by Allie Kincheloe

In these uncertain times … does anyone else feel like every single commercial or news story contains these words right now? We are all aware, so why keep saying it? I’m skating along a fine line of need to be informed and overwhelmed by the negativity in this world right now. I find myself more in need of distraction than ever—and also more distracted at home than ever.

Like every other parent in the country, my kiddos are home with an ETA on school starting back as vaguely (hopefully) in the fall. So my quiet peaceful days to sit on my porch and write have been replaced with the patter of (not-so-little) feet, squeals, and a constant chorus of “Mom, Mom, Mom” or “Can I have a snack?”, and attempts at doing something somewhat educational each day. I’m sure I’m not the only author struggling to get words on the page right now. (Right???)

Besides that, I’ve been trying to distract myself, when I can. Use this time to refill the creative well, so to speak. When the kids cooperate, I’ve been binge-watching some medical shows, reading a ton of books, and just brainstorming ideas. I’ve removed some of the pressure of trying to force daily word counts, and instead focused on trying to enjoy this time with my family.

My current favorite with kid distractions:

  1. Spending the day outside. We live on a farm and the kids are loving having land to explore. It’s, uh, science, right? Old school education.
  2. Cooking lessons. My 9 year old is very interested in cooking right now, so we are using this time for expanding her skills in the kitchen.
  3. Reading a book together and then watching the movie. We’ve done this on a much slower pace throughout the years, but with so much time now, we are getting through several. Any suggestions of good book/movie combos appropriate for 9 year olds are highly welcome!

My current favorite without kid distractions:

  1. The Night Shift. This cancelled medical drama on Netflix has really caught my attention. I can’t believe I haven’t seen this one before.
  2. Chicago Fire. Kelly Severide… enough said. I’m only on Season 3 though, so no spoilers, please.
  3. Stacks and stacks of romance novels.

If anyone is in need of a romance novel for a distraction, I have a new one out this month:

Heart Surgeon’s Second Chance

9781335149343Can they leave their past behind…

To save her son’s life?

When paramedic Rhiann Masters’s young son needs heart surgery, there’s only one man she can trust—former best friend and top pediatric surgeon Dr. Patrick Scott. The only problem? After a tragic accident changed Patrick’s life forever, they haven’t spoken in years. Now as they’re thrown back together, they soon remember just how good life can be when they’re by each other’s side…

Excerpt:

Dread pooled low in Rhiann’s stomach as the door to the exam room opened with a slow and ominous creak. Broad shoulders in a white coat filled the space and her eyes roamed the doctor’s familiar form, taking in the subtle changes time had wrought.

Three years ago he hadn’t had those deep lines etched into his face. His dark hair had a little more silver at the temple than she remembered, but he was as lean and handsome as ever.

Dr. Patrick Scott stepped into the room, his eyes looking down at the screen of the silver laptop in his hand. His movements carried the spicy aroma of his cologne into the small room, the pleasing notes covering the harsh antiseptic and teasing a part of her that had gone dormant since her divorce.

But on top of the overtly masculine scent he brought with him a wave of sadness that hinted at tragedy.

“Hello, Mrs…. Masters…um…”

His deep gravelly voice trailed off and his sky-blue eyes jerked up to meet hers when he recognized her name. The slight fake smile he’d had on his lips when he’d opened the door faded fast. Judging from the ice that frosted over his gaze, the animosity he’d held for her hadn’t eased since she’d last seen him.

The exam room door shut behind him with an audible click and the laptop clattered slightly as he set it roughly on the counter.

“What are you doing here?”

The uncharacteristic coldness in his tone sent a shiver coursing down her spine. Patrick’s voice had always held such emotion, its rich timbre broadcasting his feelings with the simplest words. In all the years she’d known him Rhiann had never heard this distant tone.

Rhiann hugged the baby in her arms close to her chest, tears filling her eyes as she fought to keep her emotions from overwhelming her. She’d hoped the time since they’d last seen each other might have given Patrick clarity and smoothed the raw edges of his anger, but clearly not enough time had passed. Now she could only hope that he would be professional enough to put their personal grievances aside and focus on her child’s best interests.

She needed to keep a clear head today, so she stuffed her feelings away as best she could. She had known coming here was a risk, but there was no other way or she’d have explored it already.

“I need your help. Well, he needs your help. This is my son Levi. He has a heart defect, and the cardiologist at St. Thomas’ wants to do surgery to fix it. But if anyone is cutting my baby open I want it to be the best surgeon I can find.” She paused to swallow down an oversized lump in her throat. “And that’s you.”

“You expect me to save someone you love. How ironic.”

A single dark eyebrow raised as he stared down at her, his expression unreadable and as cold as marble. His eyes searched hers—for what, she didn’t know.

Just as she was sure he was about to tell her to leave, to scream at her like he had the last time she’d seen him, his gaze flicked down to the baby in her arms and the ice in his eyes melted the tiniest bit.

“Please, Dr. Scott.”

The formality felt stiff and awkward as it rolled off her tongue without the teasing tone she’d used each time she’d called him by his title in the past. Years ago they had been the closest of friends, sharing every secret with each other. They had even flirted with the idea of a relationship on an occasion or two.

But it no longer seemed appropriate to call him by his given name. Not when their friendship had crumbled on the back of accusations and misplaced blame. Their personal connection was more of a hindrance than a help in her quest to get her son the care he needed, so she kept things formal, hoping to appeal to his professional side.

His eyes snapped up to meet hers and that hint of softening was gone. “You ask too much.”

The once happy-go-lucky Patrick had earned a reputation over the last couple years for taciturnity. His white-hot talent was tempered by his ice-cold bedside manner, but he was the best pediatric cardiac surgeon in the southeast, and that fact made people overlook his brusque manner.

He’d changed three years ago—just as she had.

Rhiann remembered the caring man he’d used to be, though, and she hoped there was enough of that man left deep inside for him to agree to help. Her son’s life depended on it.