Book Awards, Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Romance Novels

Exciting News! RITA Finalists

Colour us thrilled!  The RITA Finalists this year have included two Medical Romances, and no less than four Medical Romance authors.

Warmest congratulations to Amy Andrews (who is a double finalist!!), Scarlet Wilson, Avril Tremayne and Marion Lennox.  We’ve asked authors to say a few words, and included details of their books.

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Amy Andrews – ‘A Christmas Miracle’

I’m super thrilled to be a RITA double finalist. It’s been my dream and goal to one day final in this prestigious award and I can’t believe when it finally happened (I’ve been entering for 12 years!) two of my books finalled! I’ve been floating since I got the email and expect to float all the way to Denver. At least it will save me an airfare 🙂

I’m extra excited to see 2 medicals final in the awards. If one of them wins it’ll be the first medical ever to have won the RITA so fingers crossed for both Scarlet and I!

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Her knight in shining leathers!

Trinity Walker has learned the hard way to stand on her own two feet for her sick son Oscar. But, when ex–army surgeon Reid Hamilton walks into her life and offers her a job and a home, she can’t refuse!

He might ruffle her feathers, but Trinity can’t help falling for this knight in motorbike leathers. Reid never expected this little family to bring such sparkle into his cynical life, but now he’ll do whatever it takes to give Trinity the love she deserves this Christmas!

 

 

 

Scarlet Wilson – ‘The Doctor and The Princess’

Getting the call about the Rita was a little unusual.  I knew it was Rita call day and I’d emailed a few friends that morning to wish them luck.  I still work full time and was just about to start chairing at meeting at 2pm when my phone rang.  My first surprise was that I had a signal – the place where the meeting is held is notorious for no cell phone coverage.  The next surprise was the New York flashing up on my screen.  Since I don’t know anyone who stays there my stomach gave a little flip and I just smiled at my colleagues and said, “Sorry, I have to get this.”  So, they all listened while I got my Rita call from Damon Suede.  I’ve been nominated before but what makes it so special this time is that it’s one of my medical books that is a finalist.  We all adore our line, but it isn’t as popular in the US, so I’m delighted that five RWA members have read it, and thought it worthy to final.  I’m even happier to have Amy Andrews waving the medical flag beside me.  Go Medicals!  Who knows, my next med might be set in Denver!!

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Her very own Mr Darcy.

As a rule, Gabrielle Cartier prefers the title ‘Dr’ to ‘Princess’. And when sexy surgeon Sullivan Darcy joins her humanitarian mission in the jungle, she’s desperate to explore their chemistry. Until sudden news of her brother’s abdication means Gabrielle must return home to rule!

Sullivan longs to offer Gabrielle the support she needs but the pain of loss haunts him. Yet she stirs long-dormant feelings in him, feelings that give him the courage to confront his demons…and the determination to win his princess!

 

 

 

Other Titles by Medical Romance Authors

Avril Tremayne – ‘The Dating Game’

What chaos there was a the house the morning I found out I was a finalist in the RITAs.  I’d missed a call at five o’clock in the morning (I am not an early riser believe me) and I was checking my emails at a more dignified nine o’clock-is when I saw the news.  Screaming ensued, right at the time a delivery man was at the door handing something over to my husband and I’m sure he wondered if I was being held captive upstairs and tortured.  And there was thereafter much rejoicing – in fact, there still is!

What makes it especially exciting for me with The Dating Game (Long Contemporary Romance) is that it’s my favourite story.  I was so ecstatic with it when it was finished (and that is never, ever the case for me) the wait to see if it would be published was excruciating.  I told my editor it was the best thing I’d written, but I know we’re not always the best judges of our work, so to have this honour in company with so many brilliant authors makes me feel I do know what I’m doing after all.

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Sarah’s brother Adam has been educating her best friend Lane in the arts of the Kama Sutra for weeks, all in the pursuit of Lane’s real target, David Bennet. So when Sarah finds herself alone with David at an exhibition, weeping over her own terrible dating history, they strike up a conversation. A budding artist, he wants to paint her, so she agrees in return for a guarantee that he’ll find her a relationship that can last more than three weeks (her rather dismal personal best).

She reassures herself that she isn’t betraying Lane. After all, Sarah wants marriage and 2.4 kids, and David has made it more than clear he will never want that. Plus he’s going to sleep with Lane any day now. Isn’t he?

 

 

Amy Andrews – ‘Troy’

Troy-300dpi (1)Cocky, young Aussie bull rider Troy Jensen has been busted down to the pro-circuit. He needs wins and points to get him back into the big league and a shot at being crowned champ but an injury forces him off the circuit and into the arms of the woman fate keeps putting in his path.

The first time local Doc Joss Garrity meets Troy, she’s brandishing a lug wrench. The second time, he’s dragging her delinquent teen son home. The third time, he’s in her ER. How he ends up convalescing at her house she’s not quite sure. But it does make it hard to ignore him and their simmering attraction.

As Troy gets to know Joss, he starts to see a life after bull riding for the first time. But can Joss risk her heart on another man who may not come home one day?

 

Marion Lennox – ‘The Billionaire’s Christmas Baby’

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The maid, the billionaire…and the baby

Hotel maid Sunny Raye only went to Max Grayland’s hotel suite to clean—and found herself calming a tiny abandoned baby! With just days until Christmas, the gorgeous but bewildered billionaire demands Sunny help him care for Phoebe over the holidays. She agrees—only if they spend Christmas with her family!

Max is totally out of his comfort zone, but warmhearted Sunny is a revelation. And Max finds he wants more than a nanny for Phoebe—he wants Sunny to lighten his life forever.

 

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Sea Change by Amy Andrews

Ack!! 2018 is already shaping up to be crazy busy and we’re not even out of the 2nd month yet! :-/

The big news is we’re moving. 16 years ago we underwent a tree change and I have loved living on acerage on the outskirts of a city where there’s a mountain view and relative peace and quite. And, funnily enough, lots of trees!

 

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But, deep in my soul, I am a beach girl and, after preparing the family for what felt like the last 5 years, I’ve finally won the psychological battle with my husband and we are heading for our sea change!

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I am sooooo excited!

But. There’s a whole house to pack and move 700kms north and unpack at the other end. Plus I still have to get to 50k in my book and I’ve had 2 book releases in the past 10 days!!!  So, I’m running around like a chook with my head cut off.

A month after we move in, we’re heading to France for 5 weeks so my head is really spinning!

How about you? How’s 2018 shaping up for you? Any momentous things planned for the new year?

And in case you were wondering what those books were (sorry not medicals but I do have one coming out in October!)……

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Until next time!

Amy xxx

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The Most Serious Christmas Question in Existence by Amy Andrews

A bit of fun this week leading into Christmas…

I know its a first world issue but we have this debate every year in our house.

 

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I’m a big YES!!! But where do you stand? Die Hard Christmas a jingle bells yes or a when-hell-freezes- over no?

 

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Partying in London by Amy Andrews

One of the many pinch me moments I’ve had with this writing gig is being invited to swanky author parties. On the other side of the world!

Seriously. How awesome is that?

Thought you all might like to see some pics from the AMBA party in London last month with your medical authors. Kate Hardy has already shared some of hers but I thought I’d add some of mine into the mix too.

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Swanky 17th floor of the News Building with almost 360 degree views of London town!
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The lovely Scarlet Wilson with her thick Glaswegian accent who pronounces “girl” as “geddle”…that was an interesting conversation!
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The perfectly gorgeous Kate Hardy who was the star of the night with her 75th pin!
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The irrepressible Caroline Anderson (l) and the fabulous Annie Claydon (r)
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The fab Flo Nichol!
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And my seriously gorgeous, ever patient editor, Megan Haslam!

Hope you’ve enjoyed the pics. Ever had a pinch me moment?

 

Excerpts

Excerpt – A Christmas Miracle by Amy Andrews

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Her knight in shining leathers! 

Trinity Walker has learned the hard way to stand on her own two feet for her sick son, Oscar. But, when ex-army surgeon Reid Hamilton walks into her life and offers her a job and a home, she can’t refuse! 

He might ruffle her feathers, but Trinity can’t help falling for the knight in motorbike leathers. Reid never expected this little family to bring such sparkle into his cynical life but now he’ll do whatever it takes to give Trinity the love she deserves this Christmas!

EXCERPT

Trinity was in the kitchen making a banana cake when Reid came home. She tensed as she glanced at the clock – ten past two. His footsteps diverted to the living room and she heard the rumble of two male voices for a couple of minutes.

Then he appeared in the kitchen.

He hesitated for a moment when he spotted her at the bench before nodding and crossing to the fridge. He pulled out a beer, twisted the top and tossed it into the sink from where he stood.

It landed with a clink.

He tipped his head back and took several long swallows. It took all Trinity’s willpower to keep her eyes on the job at hand and not feast her gaze on his neck.

“You do know Chase flirts with every woman with a pulse, right?”

The sentence came from out of the blue. She’d been feeling happy since returning from Allura. But Reid seemed hell bent on ruining that, too.

“Gee thanks,” she said, her voice dripping with sarcasm as a spike of temper infected her blood stream. “You sure know how to make a girl feel real special.”

“Oh for -” He bit off whatever expletive he’d been about to utter. “I just meant you should be careful, the guy wouldn’t know monogamy if it bit him on the ass.”

“Who says I’m after monogamy?” she snapped.

He blinked, clearly taken aback. Good. A slightly crazed sensation pushed at the inside of her skull as an urge to let fly took hold. She’d learned not to argue over the years. Not to rock the boat. To grind her teeth and quietly submit.

But, screw him. She was really pissed off now.

“I would have thought being a single mum and having to think about Oscar –”

Don’t bring Oscar into this.”

“I’m just saying,” Reid pushed, obviously not going to let it drop. “He’s not daddy material.”

“I’m not going to marry the man,” Trinity said, letting the spoon fall to the bench with a clatter as she crossed to the pantry and opened the doors.

She searched the shelves for vanilla. She knew it was in here because Reid used it to make French toast on the weekends.

God, she’d never be able to eat French toast again without thinking of him in this kitchen, beating eggs and flipping bread fried to a perfect golden brown.

Her anger cranked up another notch.

She glanced over her shoulder. Reid was glowering at her and it pissed her off even more.

“Maybe I just want to a quick tumble,” she said, her cheeks burning, her pulse throbbing wildly at her temples. “A few hours of goddamn pleasure. You ever thought of that?”

She turned back to stare blindly at the shelves.

Where was the bloody vanilla?

“Seeing as how you don’t fancy me,” she said, not bothering to turn this time because his rejection of her still stung, “why shouldn’t I look somewhere else?”

“Don’t fancy you?” His voice was deep and dark, brimming with pissed off.

Before she could blink his hands were on her shoulders and she was spun around and pushed hard against the pantry door. His face loomed up close, white hot flame burning in the blue eyes that raked her face. His breathing was husky, his chest heaving.

“I can’t get you out of my head,” he muttered, each word puffing his breath in her face, disturbing her fringe, “If you had any idea how much I wanted to rip your underwear off with my teeth the other night you’d run screaming from this house.”

Trinity’s heart rate skyrocketed as his grip on her upper arms tightened and his lips slammed onto hers.

It was a kiss that took. That ruled. That owned.

Possessive. Demanding. His tongue thrusting into her mouth, taking the kiss deeper. The graze of his beard marked her face, prickling everywhere.

She felt it everywhere.

She was a slave to the sensation. A slave to the onslaught.

His thigh jammed between her legs, high and hard, grinding against the apex of her thighs. She moaned as her aching flesh revelled in the delicious torture, rubbing herself shamelessly against him.

As quickly as it had started, it was over. His mouth was gone. The kiss was done. His hands still gripped her arms though, his thigh still jammed between her legs, the only things keeping her from collapse.

They stared at each other for long moments, nothing but ragged breathing between them. His mouth was wet and swollen, the white hot flame in his gaze burning brighter. He grabbed her hand and shoved it on the hard bulge pressing against the zipper of his bike leathers.

“This is not,” he whispered, “about me not fancying you.”

He let her go abruptly and stormed out of the room.

Trinity’s legs wobbled for a beat or two before they lost the ability to keep her upright and she slid down the pantry door to the floor, her fingers pressed to her mouth, her mind wiped of coherent thought.

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October New Releases

Is it really less than three months before Christmas?  Six new books for October, which include the first two books in the ‘Christmas in Manhatten’ series.

A Christmas Miracle, by Amy Andrews

Her knight in shining leathers!

Trinity Walker has learnt the hard way to stand on her own two feet for her sick son Oscar. But, when ex-army surgeon Reid Hamilton walks into her life and offers her a job and a home, she can’t refuse!

He might ruffle her feathers, but Trinity can’t help falling for the knight in motorbike leathers. Reid never expected this little family to bring such sparkle into his cynical life but now he’ll do whatever it takes to give Trinity the love she deserves this Christmas!

Christmas in Manhatten – A Firefighter in her Stocking, by Janice Lynn

A gift impossible to resist!

When a firefighter rushes a child into her ER, Dr Sarah Grayson is stunned that the ash-covered, exhausted hero is her incorrigible playboy neighbour, Jude Davenport!

Sarah is wary of such men, but when gorgeous Jude suggests a Christmas fling, she can’t resist. Yet their relationship deepens, and Sarah sees behind the playboy is a man who has loved and lost. He might try to keep his emotions on ice, but Sarah begins to wonder – could she be the one to heal his damaged heart?

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All the drama of the ER, all the magic of Christmas!

Falling for her Fake Fiancee, by Sue Mackay

A temporary arrangement…

Kelli Barnett invented a partner to avoid her parents’ matchmaking schemes. So, when her boss Mac Taylor – the man whose kisses once made her melt – offers to step in as her fiancé for a family wedding, Kelli snaps up his offer!

Widower Mac believes himself incapable of loving again. Until playing Kelli’s fiancé at the beautiful island retreat throws his senses into overdrive. But Mac must learn to let go of the past for this fake relationship to have a real future…

Reunited with her Surgeon Prince, by Marion Lennox

Claiming his secret heir – and his bride!

Dr Ellie Carson once married her secret prince, but then duty tore their whirlwind marriage apart – only Ellie was also pregnant!

Now, surgeon and Crown Prince Marc Falken is soon to become king – and he’s discovered he has a son! Claiming his heir means seeking out Ellie – the woman he’s never stopped loving. But can Marc convince Ellie she can be a doctor and his queen, and that finally they can become the family they were always meant to be?

Christmas in Manhatten – Sleigh Ride with the Single Dad, by Alison Roberts

Her secret Christmas wish

Dr Grace Forbes’ dramatic first day in Manhattan Mercy’s ER is unforgettable – especially when she runs into her old flame, ER Chief Charles Davenport, again!

That spark is still there between them but they’re different people now – after losing his wife, Charles is a single dad to adorable twin boys, while Grace has survived cancer but lost her dream of having children. Yet, as the weather gets colder she is drawn into the warmth of his family – could he make her Christmas wish come true?

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All the drama of the ER, all the magic of Christmas!

The Family She’s Longed For, by Lucy Clark

A family to heal her heart…

Dr Clara Lewis was devastated when Virgil Arterton left, but she picked herself up and started again, even after an accident that left her unable to have children…

Six years later, Virgil, now a widower, walks back into Victory Hospital – with his daughter! He knows leaving Clara was the worst mistake of his life but can he convince her he’s changed and that, if she’ll trust him with her heart, he can give her all the love and family she longs for?

 

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Conference Roundup! with Amy Andrews

The Romance Writer’s of Australia annual conference was on a couple of weeks ago. It’s an intense few days of networking (I had a half dozen different business/industry related appointments) and craft and catching up. Which means a lot of talking and laughing and, yes, the odd trip to the bar or two – but who can resist a rooftop bar?

And then, at the awards gala on Saturday night, for two of Harl’s medical authors, this happened…

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In fact Avril went on to win another Ruby award for the overall best romance of the year so she ended up with two gorgeous iceberg statues!

 

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Neither of the awards were for medical romances (although mine does have quite a bit of medical stuff in it…) but we always celebrate our own here and both Avril and I are still proud medical authors no matter what other kind of books we also write.  If you’re curious about the books, they’re both available online and if you’re in the UK you can actually buy the paperback version of Numbered through Amazon UK now!

 

The best part was that Numbered was co-authored by my sister so we got to share the accolade and the spotlight together. I didn’t think anything could make us closer which goes to show you can get to 47 and still be clueless  🙂

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yes….we look nothing alike….

And, for your viewing pleasure, I spotted some other med authors over the weekend!

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Fiona Lowe (L), Fiona McArthur(R)
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The lovely Susanne Hampton and I dressed up in our “Bring Out The Animal in You” cocktail party garb!
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Marion Lennox at the award’s gala after receiving her life time achievement honour.

And last but not least – the two Ruby girls!!! Avril has the most sassy haircut now which I really love. She rocks the short and sexy 🙂

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And that’s it. I am utterly exhausted but so very grateful that this is my life and I get to share it with all you guys. Until next year…..