Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Romance Novels, Origin Stories

Who Knew This Author Gig Was A Real Thing by Amy Andrews

I never wanted to be an author. There are author friends I know who maintain that from the age they could staple paper together, they knew they wanted to be a writer. Not me. I wanted to be a hairdresser when I was five and a kindy teacher when I was eleven and for a few years I wanted to be a travel guide in Greece because Greece. And then, when I was fifteen I was visiting my bestie in hospital and there were nurses all around in those cute old fashioned hats taking blood pressures and giving out pills and it hit me like a bolt from the blue – I wanted to be a nurse.

So, I became a nurse. Not an author.

Frankly, it never occurred to me that being an author was a job. That people actually did. Which is ludicrous because there were books – so many books! – and I loved books, slurping them up at every opportunity. But I’d never really given any thought to the writer behind the pages – just the story itself.

Until in 1991 for a period of six weeks, I found myself unemployed….

My husband and I were living in the UK on a working holiday. We’d moved to Milton Keynes where he’d taken a year contract with Abbey National bank and, after working in 2 nursing homes prior to the move, I declared I wasn’t working in another one and that I was holding out for a hospital job.

But, in the meantime, what was I to do? It was out first UK winter and it was freezing. The temperature hadn’t got above 0 for a week. I mean, the cobwebs on our house had frozen! Which is breathtakingly pretty but still….really freaking cold. Consequently, I needed something to do that didn’t involve me getting off my electric blanket while I waited to hear word about the various feelers I’d put out for a job in the NHS.

I know, I thought, I’ll write that book that’s in my head.

Okay, wait. Brake screech….

The what in the where? Yes….I was as surprised as you probably are given the previous paragraphs, to realise that the pictures and thoughts in my head were actually characters and dialogue and a plot. Up until that point it hadn’t occurred to me that it was a book. I just thought I had a…really vivid imagination.

But, in that moment of clarity, in that split second I decided what I was going to do with my time, I had no doubt at all, that it was a book.

Of course, it shouldn’t have been a surprise. As previously stated, I loved reading, I excelled at creative writing in English and, perhaps the biggest red flag of all, was the fact that throughout my childhood, my mother had always been tinkering away on a second hand typewriter writing her own book – a romance novel. I hadn’t realised it at the time, but she was laying the subliminal ground work for me. Watching her toil at her own creative endeavours had sown the seeds of conviction in my self-conscious – no matter how deeply – that anyone could write a book. Even me. You just had to sit your ass in the chair (or on the electric blanket) and do it.

Suddenly, it all made sense and the rest, as they say, is history.

I wrote that book long hand in ten days – a chapter a day. Yep, that’s right, ten chapters of 5000 words each just flew from my fingertips. It was like I cracked open a portal in my head that day – the creative portal – that I’ve never been able to shut. The door opened and I stepped over the threshold and shazam!    

That book didn’t succeed. The rejection after nine months was cutting in its brevity but thankfully it wasn’t a fatal blow. In fact, I always say that it wasn’t writing my first book that made me a writer but my first rejection that transformed me. Rejection made me determined – bloody minded my husband calls it – to succeed. To prove to the publisher and the world and me that I would succeed, that I would write a book that a publisher wanted to publish.

Rejection made me a writer.

Eighty books down, I know so much more than I did then and yet, perversely it feels I still know so little. But none of that matters – because I’ll just keep putting one foot in front of the other and figure it out as I go along. With thanks to you guys, the readers, for your fierce love of books and reading.  

And to my mother, for paving the way.

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Milestones by Amy Andrews

This is me and my dad, Noel, who turns 80 next week.

Eighty!!!!

I wonder every day where the hell that time went as I’m sure he does, too. He’s been without my mum for 9 years and is about to downsize and move into a retirement village. He’s in good health and I’m very aware – particularly right now with the state of the world and his age – of how lucky I am to still have him.

I am blessed, as is my family and we’re having a small gathering to celebrate becasue if there’s one thing I really believe in, it’s that milestones should be celebrated. Another year older, another book published, a special award, achieving a goal weight or xyz months since you had a cigarette. Whatever it is, big or small – milestones should be celebrated! After all, its the celebrations that keep us going, that make it all worthwhile!

Am I right, or am I right? 🙂

What about you? What milestones do you celebrate?

PS – I have a smutty little medical rom novella that just got a new cover that I’m celebrating at the moment 🙂 if you want to check it out!

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Everything Old Is New Again by Amy Andrews

So….I’ve been busy this year re-editing, re-covering and re-releasing some old Harlequin medical romance titles to which I’ve had some rights reverted. It’s been super exciting and super interesting. I’m learning a lot as I step into the unknown – indie publishing. Eep!

This is what’s out so far! And, as you can see, they can all be read for FREE if you subscribe to Kindle Unlimited!

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Prognosis Temporary used to be Rescued By The Dreamy Doc

Prognosis So Done used to be The Surgeon’s Meant-To-Be Bride

Prognosis Baby Daddy used to The Italian Count’s Baby

And, on Sept 8th this one will be out –

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Prognosis Incompatible used to be An Unexpected Proposal.

There’ll also be a Christmas book out in Nov/Dec and a few more books out next year – yay! 🙂

So…if you’re after some vintage Amy Andrews with an upgrade, then click on the title hyperlinks for the blurbs and you can one-click while you’re there 😉

Thank you so much for your continued report and happy reading!

Book Awards

Ruby finalists!!

News in this week that two medical romance authors are finalists in the contemporary romance section of Australia’s prestigious Ruby award!

 

 

Fiona MacArthur scored for The Desert Midwife

What if the love of your life forgot who you were?

fionamcWhen outback midwife Ava May meets Zac on a flight to Alice Springs, they tumble into a whirlwind affair. But an exciting adventure leads to a terrible accident, with shattering consequences. The couple who had so much going for them now find themselves with everything to lose.

Devastated, Ava retreats to her family cattle station to help salvage what she can of the critical situation. But at home on the drought-ridden farm, her brother is being pushed to his limits, and as his depression intensifies, Ava must step in to prevent another family tragedy.

Against the majestic backdrop of Australia’s Red Centre, old dreams are shattered, new babies are born and true love takes flight.

By Australia’s renowned midwife and bestselling author of Mothers’ Day, The Desert Midwife is a romantic drama about strong families, medical miracles and new beginnings.

You can check it out HERE!

And Amy Andrews finaled with her romcom (non medical) Nothing But Trouble

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For five years, Cecilia Morgan’s entire existence has revolved around playing personal assistant to self-centered former NFL quarterback Wade Carter. But just when she finally gives her notice, his father’s health fails, and Wade whisks her back to his hometown. CC will stay for his dad—for now—even if that means ignoring how sexy her boss is starting to look in his Wranglers.

To say CC’s notice is a bombshell is an insult to bombs. Wade can’t imagine his life without his “left tackle.” She’s the only person who can tell him “no” and strangely, it’s his favorite quality. He’ll do anything to keep her from leaving, even if it means playing dirty and dragging her back to Credence, Colorado, with him.

But now they’re living under the same roof, getting involved in small-town politics, and bickering like an old married couple. Suddenly, five years of fighting is starting to feel a whole lot like foreplay. What’s a quarterback to do when he realizes he might be falling for his “left tackle”? Throw a Hail Mary she’ll never see coming, of course.

You can check it out HERE!

 

The award ceremony is in a few weeks in the mean time – happy reading!

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Whadya reckon? by Amy Andrews

I don’t know about you but I’ve been watching a lot of Netflix this year! And other streaming services. Two things I’ve consumed with much interest are the Netflix adaptions of two of Harlequin’s popular series.

The first is Robin Carr’s Virgin River

 

And the second is Sherryl Woods, Sweet Magnolias.

 

Who else has watched them and what did you think? Like. Love. Loathe? I have kinda mixed feelings but I would love to know what you thought and, if you’ve read the books as well, how do you rate the adaption?

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Things making me happy by Amy Andrews

Following on in the same vein as others, I thought I’d share some things making me happy in this world that’s suddenly in the grip of terrible uncertainty.

Family group chats!

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The view from my deck!

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Funny pics on the internet!

familyconf3Our 30th wedding anniversary!

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Having my daughter home safe after their mad dash across the country as all our borders closed!

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And last but not least – 2 new books! Neither are medicals (sorry) but Undercover Billionaire is out now and Asking Fro Trouble is out next week!

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And that’s it for me! What’s making you happy?

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Scotland! by Amy Andrews

Those of you who follow me on social media know I spent almost all of December in Scoltand and a few days in England before we flew home. It was my 50th birthday in December and I’ve always wanted to see the Northern Lights so we chose Scotland for my festival of 50!

Normally when we visit the UK I call into the Harlequin offices and I catch up with some writer friends but this time, determined to spend as much of our time as possible in Scotland, we landed in Heathrow and drove straight to Glasgow. I did catch up with Scarlet Wilson though 🙂

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And here are some more of my holiday pics.

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Good news was we did see some green glow in the sky when we were on Orkney although nothing spectacular.

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You can a slight green tinge in both of these pics which was exciting although not visible to the eye – which is the norm – sadly.

But, we had a magnifcient time and it was am amazing way to ring in my 50th year!

Tell me – where would you travel and what would you do if money was no object?

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Summer Of Love – Medical romances on sale!

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Who’s up for some Summer Loving? The good folks at Harlequin Australia (where it is currently summer) have discounted a bunch of books – including 12 medical romances – for your holiday reading pleasure. Some are 99c, some are $1.99 – bargain or what?

The details of the books are below as well as a link to the page where you can check out ALL the books included in the sale with their associated buylinks!

Doctors In Flight – Meredith Webber

Breaking The Playboy’s Rules & A mother To Make A Family – Emily Forbes

Outback Bride & Single Dad, Outback Wife – Amy Andrews

Career Girl In The Country – Fiona Lowe

Her Holiday Miracle & His Bride In Paradise – Joanna Neil

Falling For Her Mediterranean Boss – Anne Fraser

Italian Surgeon To The Stars – Melanie Milburne

Mediterranean Resuce – Laura MacDonald

Breaking All The Rules – Sue MacKay

Click HERE for the link!

What a way to kick off 2020! So go check it out and get clicking 🙂

 

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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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Intrepid Travellers by Amy Andrews

I was determined to raise travellers. And I have. We took our kids overseas – 3 international trips – and travelled extensively within Australia because I wanted them to know there was a world outside of their own little bubbles and that it was theirs to explore.

I also believe it helps a person walk in someone else’s shoes if they’ve had some experience of other people.

And, it really makes you appreciate what you have at home.

I couldn’t be prouder of my two kids going out there in the world and wanting to be a part of it all. But man…couldn’t they travel to “safe” places? My son backpacked solo around Eastern Europe for 6 months including visiting Cherbobyl (and was detained in Abu freaking Dhabi for 22 hours on his way home!!) and my daughter is currently 4WD’ing around outback Australia, camping on river banks…where crocodiles live….and outback serial killers roam…

Ack! (picture Amy rocking in a corner….) Haven’t they heard of Contiki?

As I said, I’m very proud but also going prematurely gray trying not to worry about them…. They, on the other hand, are having a ball!

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Please tell me I’m not the only worry wart mumma out there?