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Virtual Tour of Jasper

Lockdown. Travel restrictions. It suuuuuuucks.

Next week I was supposed to be packing and heading to Texas for my first ever Romance Author Mastermind run by Skye Warren. I was SO stoked to travel to Houston. I always wanted to go to Texas and I was doubly excited to attend RAM, which I had heard amazing things about.

Then 2020 happened. Thankfully, RAM is going to be online and I get to attend my third virtual conference of the year.

It got me thinking about travelling though. I kind of miss it.

Even parts of Canada are restricted. Each province has their own particular rules, including mine (Ontario).

I was hoping this past summer I could’ve gone back out west and taken fresh pictures of one of my favourite National Parks, Jasper, which is also the setting of my newest release A Reunion, A Wedding, A Family.

I was hoping for fresh pictures so I could do this blog post, but we’re going to have to stick with pictures of my last trip there in 2012. And these pictures represent places my characters have been!

So this is heading away from Hinton, Alberta and into the park. I never did get a good gate shot of the park entrance, but we’re just past the entrance. Along the river bank is where Candice and Jimmy would have parties with their friends when they were younger and it was along one of these shoulders that Candice and Jimmy delivered that wee baby.

I just thought this was a funny shot of my kids when they were MUCH younger. That little girl is going off to University next year and possibly way up north, so I had to throw in a shot of them so young. My eldest boy is also taller than me at 6 feet and the youngest is a preteen now. Time flies, but this was a shot taken from downtown Jasper. It’s Jasper the bear!

Waiting at the lower station at Whistler’s to take the tram up over Jasper, Alberta.
The campground at the base of this tram way is where there was some “bear” disturbances that Candice and Jimmy had to attend to. Also where Candice sprained her ankle.

This is a view from the top of Whistlers Peak. It was my first time up this mountain.

This is heading down the Maligne Lake road. The first time Candice and Jimmy worked together was at the Maligne Canyon with a wayward rock climber!
This is also where I saw my first grizzly bear off to the side of the road!

These are the rapids from Medicine lake that flow through the canyon. Their cold, fast and dangerous.







This is Medicine Lake, which I mention in the book. It’s right before Maligne Lake. Medicine Lake actually isn’t a lake, but a river. And it fills up during the melt (we were there in early July so it was still draining). The idea is like it’s a bathtub that filled too quickly and is draining slowly.
I thought it was beautiful, but I would like to see it drained when it returns to just a small trickle of a river.

It’s off this road to and near Maligne Lake where Candice and Jimmy start their hike up into the mountains. I never did that hike when I was there in 2012 because I had small kids and I wasn’t physically able to do it (It takes several days). My goal is to go back one day and do it!

Making sure I have lots of bear spray!

We shall see!

I hope you enjoyed my small virtual tour of Jasper, Alberta. I have way more photos, but not enough space to share them all!

Keep safe and healthy! ❤

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What to Watch – and Read! – Next: Hospital Playlist

Hello! It’s Hannah, here. I’m the Assistant Editor, for the Harlequin Medical Romance team. It’s great to be back, on Love is the Best Medicine. I can’t wait, today, to wax lyrical about my favourite topic: K-Dramas (a.k.a. Korean dramas)! Or, more specifically, the Medical K-Drama you have to add to your to-watch list…

What’s the Medical K-Drama I have to watch, I hear you ask? Drum roll, please! It’s time to talk all things Hospital Playlist!

OK, time for a quick plot run-down! Hospital Playlist tells the story of doctors and nurses working at Yulje Medical Center. It focuses on five doctors who have been friends since they entered medical school in 1999.

Jam-packed with high-stakes drama, tear-jerking emotion and stay-with-you relationships, Hospital Playlist has it all. What’s more? It’s filled with every trope that a Harlequin Medical Romance fan could wish for!

Trope #1? Meet single dad Ik-joon! Lead character, Ik-joon’s relationship with his son, Woo-joo melts my heart… We have, at Harlequin Medical Romance, a single dad of our own, to melt your heart: Carter, the hero of The Single Dad’s Holiday Wish by Susan Carlisle.

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Trope #2? This is a spoiler-free zone. So, I hope I’m not giving anything away, by saying that Ik-Joon and Song-hwa’s slooow-burn, will-they won’t-they romance had me on tenterhooks! If you’re looking for a second chance romance, just like Ik-Joon and Song-hwa’s, then It Started with a Winter Kiss by Tina Beckett and A Reunion, a Wedding, a Family by Amy Ruttan are for you!

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Trope #3? My favourite part about Medical Dramas, full stop, is watching a team work – and bond –together. I just loved watching the doctors and nurses, at Yulje Medical Center, interact and grow closer! If you’re fascinated, by the way a hospital team works, then the Royal Christmas at Seattle General miniseries will be a treat. Featuring Falling for the Secret Prince by Alison Roberts, Neurosurgeon’s Christmas to Remember by Traci Douglass, The Bodyguard’s Christmas Proposal by Charlotte Hawkes and The Princess’s Christmas Baby, Royal Christmas at Seattle General is the perfect festive read!

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With word that Season 2 of Hospital Playlist will begin filming, this year, it’s the perfect time to fall in love with Season 1. If you do watch, or read any of my recommendations, I’d love to hear what you think!

In the meantime… Happy watching and reading!

With love,

Hannah

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November New Releases

I can’t believe November is here! And we have some brand new releases to share with you all!

The Single Dad’s Holiday Wish by Susan Carlisle

All he wants for Christmas…

…is her!

Christmas is supposed to be the most magical time of the year. But for single dad and doctor Carter Jacobs, it only holds painful memories. He definitelyisn’t looking for romance. Until Carter meets hardworking Dr. Liz Poole. She offers a safe harbor and the promise of a future Carter thought lost to him… As Christmas approaches, might Carter’s happily-ever-after be just around the corner?

The Best Man and the Bridesmaid by Annie Claydon

The magic of a wedding…

…isn’t just for the bride and groom!

Dr. Andrea knows it’s a cliché for the bridesmaid to fall for the best man. But when Cal arrives in the Italian Alps for her best friend’s wedding, he stirs desires that have long lain dormant. When a series of disasters threatens the ceremony, Andrea realizes Cal is the only one who can help her save the day, even if it means risking her heart in the process…

Neurosurgeon’s Christmas to Remember by Traci Douglass

Christmastime with a stranger—

A lifetime together?

Neurosurgeon Maxwell is determined to atone for the one life he couldn’t save…his late wife’s. Set to perform delicate surgery on a king, Max finds himself shadowed by PR director Ayanna. They must work together to keep the king’s case a secret. But when Ayanna temporarily moves in to Max’s apartment, they face a very different type of tension—their undeniable attraction!



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

It Started with a Winter Kiss by Tina Beckett

Voted most likely to marry…

Will they finally have the chance?

Dr. Dexter Chamblisse always has a plan. He just hadn’t planned on an ER reunion with his high school sweetheart, Maura! She may work in his hospital, but Dex has tried to keep his distance. He can’t bear to be reminded of the tragic accident that tore them apart. But it’s getting harder to ignore the sparks still flying between them… Could this be their second-chance Christmas?

Falling for the Secret Prince by Alison Roberts

Revealing his past…

is a risk worth taking!

Dr. Dom di Rossi’s world literally crashes through the ER doors when his father, the king of Isola Verde, is involved in a car crash. Until now, Dom’s royal connection has been carefully guarded. But when Dr. Emilia Featherstone, his old medical school rival, recognizes a previously unseen vulnerability behind his delicious eyes, she unintentionally becomes the keeper of his secret—and his heart!


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

A Reunion, a Wedding, a Family by Amy Ruttan

Reunited—

With the single dad

Candice Lavoie is stunned when handsome paramedic and single dad Jimmy Liu walks into her office. Ten years ago, he left her brokenhearted when he joined the army. Now he’s back and she’s his boss! As old feelings resurface, Candice and Jimmy share one stunningly passionate kiss. But can Jimmy ever let go of his past enough for them to find a future—together as a family?

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Our 1,000th Blog Post!

It doesn’t seem ten minutes, since we were talking about names and sorting through images for our blog.  After weeks of preparation, Love is the Best Medicine went live in February 2012. 

Since then we’ve posted 999 blogs (this is the magic 1,000th) and written over half a million words (577,805, if anyone’s counting).  And we’ve posted so many photos that we almost broke the site at one point! 

We can’t thank you enough for being with us on this journey, we’ve had thousands of comments and countless views, and each one of them is important to us.  Those views have come from 170 different countries, and so what better way to celebrate our 1,000th post than to ask our authors to send a postcard from places they’ve visited in their books.  

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The Writing Life

Back into the swing…sort of? Burnout

So, September. It’s usually the time to get back on track, back on schedule and kids back to school.

This year…meh.

They’re back at school, but two are on hybrid with cohorts and the youngest goes every day, but wears a mask.

However, they seem to be adjusting well. *fingers crossed*

It’s been quiet since September 14th. It’s been nice. I took a virtual conference this summer called Strengths for Writers Strengths Fest. It was supposed to be in Bozeman, Montana, but because of COVID-19, it moved to virtual. I’ve taken the Write Better Faster classes before and I was totally stoked to attend the inaugural conference.

I’ve been struggling since 2018 with burnout. I’d get my feet back under me and something else would happen. More deaths, more sicknesses, issues.

It was a lot.

And then COVID hit…I hit burnout HARD. During the conference I was on a deadline, I was stressed and at my wits end. I was crying.

The conference was intense. My #1 strength and my #2 strength are in constant opposition, but the main thing is since 2018 I’ve lost my places to think and definitely with COVID and everyone at home…I had no quiet.

Like Winnie the Pooh, I need a thoughtful spot.

After I finished my deadline, revisions came, but in between deadline and revision due date I went to Neys. I went north and I could think again.

This is the stars we saw when we were up there. Ontario Parks has a better camera than me!

Of course, my thoughtful spot can’t be 17 hours from home.

I was feeling stressed, I went through 2 rounds of revisions on Twin Surprise for the Baby Doc (28th Book coming out sometime in 2021) and I was feeling just…done. Again.

Then I pulled open my notes and everything clicked into place. The kids went back to school. My husband went back to job sites, my Dad was settled and it was quiet. It’s been nice and I feel like I’m bouncing back as I head into writing Book #29

I feels good to be back on schedule.

And, as surreal as this whole year was, tomorrow night is the Harlequin Virtual Dance/Milestone Celebration. Today I was surprised that Harlequin sent me an arrangement of flowers. Celebrating my milestone, even though we’re apart. It was lovely.

And it’s a bit crazy to think my 25th released this year and I’m hurtling towards 30.

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Heading North!

Happy Friday!

Today is a bit hectic as I pack up our trailer and we ready ourselves for a big camping trip 13 hours north of where I live up onto the Canadian Shield.

I think I did talk briefly about this last year when I posted pics of our trailer.

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Our trailer, last year at Inverhuron Provincial Park

I always wanted to go to Neys Provincial Park which is near Thunder Bay, Ontario.

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It’s not my first time to the lakehead of the great lakes, but it’s been about nine years.

I didn’t think we’d be able to make this work because of COVID-19, but Canada and in particularly Ontario, has worked hard. We did a trial run camp at a Provincial Park in July and the Ontario Parks system has done an amazing job of keep the parks clean and safe.

The number of operating campsites has been reduced, so less campers.

There are no showers open, so they can focus all cleaning on the bathrooms.

So once we did that trial run in July, we felt safe driving north to take part in our week long vacation on the shores of Lake Superior.

We have masks, hand sanitizer and except for bathrooms, we’re self contained.

The only thing I won’t have is cell service (it’s kind of sketchy up there). I’ll be disconnected and I’m really looking forward to it.

Things I want to see:

Moose: I have not seen a wild moose. I have spent many years up north and they continue to elude me. I’ve seen every other big game animal in the wild, but no moose. So fingers crossed.

River Otter: I’m hoping I spy these guys as they swim up the Pic River into Lake Superior.

Pereseid Meteor Shower: It’ll be picking the nights we’re up there and it’s pretty dark in northern Ontario and we’re in a dark night preserve. Fingers crossed for clear nights.

I’m never more at peace, than when I’m north. My Dad is from up here (you can’t actually see his home town because it’s still a bit further north), but this is where my roots are from. I’m very glad to be going back, even for a short time.

So that’s what I’ll be up to this week. I hope you all have a great week and I’ll “see” you when I get back. That’s if the bears or the black flies don’t carry me off! 😉

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Yes. It’s way faster to go through Michigan from my city, but the borders are still closed, so we take the northern routes around the lakes. It takes 2-3 days to get out of Ontario and head west.

I’ll leave you with a Canadian folk classic! xo

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August New Releases

Happy August! July just flew by. For me anyways. I was on deadline. I was head down and I looked up, here was August!

We have a milestone this month! Congrats to Tina Beckett for her 35th Harlequin Medical.

And big congratulations to Rachel Dove on her debut Fighting for the Trauma Doc’s Heart.

Have a great August everyone!

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The Army Doc’s Secret Princess by Emily Forbes

Could her royal fling…
…last a lifetime?

Princess Viktoria made a promise: do her duty and marry a duke. But she wants one final adventure first! So she welcomes the freedom that working incognito at the Legion’s Games gives her. There’s only one tall, dark and brooding problem—surgeon and medical team leader Campbell Hamilton. Because the delicious-yet-damaged army doc leaves Viktoria wondering if the adventure she really wants is forever with the man she’s falling for…

 

 

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Risking It All for the Children’s Doc by Tina Beckett

She has nothing to lose…
And only him to gain!

Pediatrician Lyric is looking for a fresh start. For her and her orphaned niece. And New Mercy Hospital is just the place. There’s just one problem: her colleague Dr. Ellis Rohal! It’s impossible to ignore their instant connection…or how nice it is to talk to someone who understands her past pain. Still, she must keep her distance. She can’t put her heart on the line again. Can she?

 

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Reunited with Her Hot-Shot Surgeon by Amy Ruttan

Only one surgeon can save her patient—
The one she left behind.

Pearl Henderson and Calum Munro were best friends, too focused on becoming orthopedic surgeons for a relationship—until one night led to an unexpected pregnancy. But when they tragically lost their unborn baby, Pearl ran, the guilt too hard to bear. Returning to San Francisco for a high-profile case proves time’s a powerful healer. But it’s also intensified her attraction to the man she had never wanted to leave…

 

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Pregnant Midwife on His Doorstep by Marion Lennox

Rescued—
By the brooding neurosurgeon

Neurosurgeon Josh O’Connor’s isolated island hideaway is on lockdown, but nothing will stop him entering a raging cyclone to rescue mom-to-be midwife Hannah Byrne. Hannah hasn’t found happiness since leaving her beloved Irish village. Yet stepping into Josh’s warm house, she starts to feel she might finally have found a home—for her and her unborn baby. Might Josh’s rescuing Hannah from the storm change both their lives for the better?

 

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Pacific Paradise, Second Chance by Susan Carlisle

Is their surprise reunion…
…enough to heal them?

Nurse Macie Beck never imagined she would see Dr. Landon Cochran again—especially in her small Pacific island hospital. But the shock of his arrival is overtaken by their obvious and unresolved chemistry… As they are forced to work with each other, memories of the past blur their professional boundaries. Keeping things strictly business becomes impossible…and they find themselves wondering if this might be their opportunity for a second chance together!

 

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Fighting for the Trauma Doc’s Heart by Rachel Dove

From professional rivals…
To a family of three?

Ex-army doc Jacob Peterson is still adjusting to life as a single dad when his job is threatened by returning trauma doc Michelle Forbes. The sparks of animosity with the smart, sassy doc soon turn to attraction. But there’s room in Jacob’s life for only one girl—his daughter—and he can’t risk her heart, or his, again. Resisting his growing bond with Michelle will be the fight of his life!

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Treasure Hunt!

I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this, but my father is downsizing. He’s moving into a smaller place near my brother, about 3 hours from me. And I’ve been in charge of cleaning and going through what remains of his 74 years. Things he has to part with and things I’ve been sorting through for him and storing.

It’s been a whole process let me tell. It also meant going through and dealing with the remains of my mother’s items that were decorative.

But I found some unique stuff I’m thrilled to own now and will keep safe and a couple of photographs that amused me. The north is my jam, I love everything about the north, so a lot of these things are from there.

First up, my grandfather’s typewriter. It’s made of iron and heavy as I’ll get out.  My grandfather bought this new when he was 18. Now, the thing about my paternal grandfather is, he was born in 1885 and was 61 when my father was born. I never met him. By the time I reached the age of 7 in 1985 he would’ve been 100.

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I now have his typewriter. One he bought and lugged all over the north while working on the railroad. This thing was bought before WWI , which my grandfather tried to serve in but he was too ill and they wouldn’t take him. He tried to get in on WWII, but he was too old then and they wouldn’t take him. Drat, but instead he worked to keep infrastructure in the north going by working the railroad. And, German POW’s were often taken north on the rails once they were sent to Canada.

Yeah, so this Underwood is, about 117 years old. Heavy and I can get it to work again and restore it. I’m Super excited about it. I’ve always been fascinated by this.

Another piece I found was this plate. My Dad’s brother worked in what is now known as Nunavut, but then it was still part of the Northwest Territories and this plate depicts St. Jude’s Church in Frobisher Bay. On April 1, 1999 Nunavut was created, thus severing the vast NWT in two, making 3 territories in the north.

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Frobisher Bay became Iqaluit and this church St. Jude’s Anglican has the largest area of any Anglican diocese in the world as it covers the NWT, Nunavut, Nunavik and northern Quebec. Actually, the church depicted in this plate was lost to a fire in 2005 and a new igloo church stands in its place. Still, it’s pretty cool!

Which leads to this fella. Something else my uncle gifted to my parents when they were married in 1976. A seal carved by a Inuit artist, I think from Chesterfield Inlet. I would love to learn more about it.

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I found a series of photographs my father took while the CN Tower in Toronto was being built. I can tell you, that the waterfront is much more filled and cluttered today.

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And then this gem. Sigh. Me. I was about 2 months old, yes, I had teeth at month. My original derp face. LOL

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So that’s just some of the stuff I’ve been finding. They really have no monetary value, but they’ve been part of my life and my parent’s life for years and bits and pieces of the history of Canada.

And we’ll slowly get all the work done as we get Dad settled in with my brother. I’m going to miss having him close by, but this is for the best with the chemo he’s on.

It gives him his best shot and I want Dad to stick around for a while longer.

I do write about the north when I get a chance and you can read my latest and my 25th book which was set in Yellowknife NWT right now!

 

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Her secret: she’s carrying his baby!

After ER doc Lev Vanin shared one unforgettable night with gorgeous Dr. Imogen Hayes, he never expected to see her again. He couldn’t tell Imogen he’s actually a prince! But when a revolution at home forces Lev into hiding, he ends up working in Imogen’s hospital and his secret is out! Plus, Lev’s life is about to be turned upside down once again…because Imogen’s pregnant with his heir!

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May New Releases

Happy May! We made it!

Although the weather here in my part of Canada doesn’t feel like May. It’s snowed. I don’t know what’s going on. *shrugs*

However, we have some MILESTONES this month with our new releases!

Celebrating a debut is Juliette Hyland.

Celebrating their 5th book is Traci Douglass  and Celebrating their 25h book is me, Amy Ruttan. Which is kind of shocking!

I love there are so many big milestones this month, a long with some GREAT new releases.

 

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Awakened by Her Brooding Brazilian by Ann McIntosh

The playboy surgeon—

and the shy workaholic!

Dr. Krysta Simpson feels a connection with brooding Francisco Carvalho immediately. The ex-model turned surgeon is nothing like the cruel rumors would have her believe. And if she’s determined to use this temporary placement in stunning S‹o Paulo to reset her priorities, she’s running out of time…leaving one important question: Will Francisco show her the pleasure she’s never experienced?

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A Summer in São Paulo trilogy

Book 1 — Awakened by Her Brooding Brazilian
Book 2 — Falling for the Single Dad Surgeon by Charlotte Hawkes

Look out for the next book, coming soon:

Book 3 — One Hot Night with Dr. Cardoza by Tina Beckett

 

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Baby Bombshell for the Doctor Prince by Amy Ruttan

His secret: he’s a prince!

Her secret: she’s carrying his baby!

After ER doc Lev Vanin shared one unforgettable night with gorgeous Dr. Imogen Hayes, he never expected to see her again. He couldn’t tell Imogen he’s actually a prince! But when a revolution at home forces Lev into hiding, he ends up working in Imogen’s hospital and his secret is out! Plus, Lev’s life is about to be turned upside down once again…because Imogen’s pregnant with his heir!

 

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Falling for the Single Dad Surgeon by Charlotte Hawkes

From single parent…

To family man?

Struggling to bond with his orphaned nephew, Brady, surgeon Jake Cooper hopes a summer in Brazil will help them connect. And it’s Jake’s chance to meet world-renowned medical researcher Flávia Maura. He just never expects their immediate attraction, or for career-driven Flávia to be a natural with Brady. As she chips away at Jake’s hardened heart, dare he believe she’s just what they need to become a family?

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A Summer in São Paulo trilogy

Book 1 — Awakened by Her Brooding Brazilian by Ann McIntosh
Book 2 — Falling for the Single Dad Surgeon

Look out for the next book, coming soon:

Book 3 — One Hot Night with Dr. Cardoza by Tina Beckett

 

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The Nurse’s Reunion Wish by Carol Marinelli

Her ex-husband’s back in her life…

Can she let him back in her heart?

Emergency nurse Rachel Walker’s astounded when Dr. Dominic Hadley walks into her hospital. She hasn’t seen him since the tragic breakdown of their shotgun marriage, and she’s not remotely prepared for the electrifying jolt to her heart! Brooding Dominic has an edge Rachel doesn’t recognize, but her body remembers his touch… Bonded inextricably by their past, could it be enough to build a future?

 

 

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Their Hot Hawaiian Fling by Traci Douglass

All’s fair in love and war…

…when passion explodes in paradise!

Having survived a horrific car accident as a teen, Dr. Leilani Kim has dedicated her life to saving others. Now her dream job as head of Emergency Medicine is finally in sight…but she has competition! In the form of scarred yet sexy trauma surgeon Dr. Holden Ross. And when their rivalry stirs a desire they can’t escape, Leilani and Holden will have to decide: Business…or pleasure?

 

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Unlocking the Ex-Army Doc’s Heart by Juliette Hyland

It will take someone special…

…to thaw her frozen heart!

The Arctic Circle’s remote tranquility made it the perfect place for ex-army doc and former child star Annie Masters to open her clinic. But her cherished anonymity is ruined when celebrity surgeon Rafe Bradstone arrives in town! Seeing that she uses her work as a safe haven, dynamic Rafe seems determined to show her what she’s missing out on. And it’s working… She’s beginning to imagine a future—with him!

 

Have a safe, healthy and happy May! xo

 

 

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Gratitude

The world is kind of a flaming, hot mess right now. And trust me, I’ve been strung out and anxious.

I’m a Mom to a kid who is one of the vulnerable ones. Not only does he have heart issues, but he has asthma.

And I’m caretaker for my Dad who has diabetes, is over 70 and is fighting cancer.

My nerves have been SHOT, but…if these last 2 years since my Mom passed have taught me anything, it’s to always look for that bright side (Yes. I’m singing the annoying Monty Python song right now). The glimmer of light might be hard to see in all this. People are dying, people are fight for their lives, people are working the front lines to make sure sick people have a fighting chance, that our supply chains don’t shut down and our essential services keep running.

THOSE people are also the reason why I’m staying at home, self isolating and it’s those people that make me want to find that bright spot in the darkness.

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Is there anything more Canadian than a beaver?

So I thought I would do this post on things I’m grateful for. On Facebook there was this post going around about the 10 things you love more than anything else (besides family & friends).

My top ten are:

1. Crocheting Amigurumi

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Macron the Macaron

2. Yarn (I swear I hoard it)

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My surprise yarn grab bag!!! I’m a yarn dragon.

3. Green Tea scent from The Body Shop
4. STRONG by Zumba (obsessive love/hate)
5. Egg Noodles
6. Oversized sweaters
7. The sound of the wind in the trees
8. The north
9. Car rides. The longer the better
10. A good pen

I’m also really thankful for my gym FitClub Bootcamps. For the first two weeks Coach Cory wanted to keep his tight knit community together and he started doing workouts, virtually through Zoom and connecting online. Now it’s expanding as the province continues to shut down, so I’m thankful for my FitClub community.

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Amy after an insane 1000 reps workout.

I’m grateful for my gym buddies who, on days we can’t attend a virtual class, we workout together and take turns being coach.

The workouts and connection is what’s keeping me from emotional eating and losing my mind. I swear.

I’m thankful for virtual Paint Nite’s with my daughter. That’s been fun and relaxing.

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I’m thankful for online video chatting with my friends. Actually, this self isolation has given me time to connect more with friends and my kids. It’s been nice.

I’m glad spring is here. I hear the birds every day and less traffic on the roads means I hear them more often.

I was thankful that after 30+ years I heard the voice of Casey and Finnegan again. They were puppets during my formative years on Mr. Dressup and the puppeteer came out of retirement to tell people in Canada and the world to stay home.

When I heard that voice, I cried. It made me so happy! xo

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These are just a few of the positives I’m finding during this time.

One thing not so positive, I wish my hairdresser was open because my hair is SO long. It hasn’t been this long in FOREVER, but I can live with that. No, don’t worry I won’t give myself bangs.

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What are some of the things you’re grateful for?

Also I just want to send another huge shout of for all the essential workers. All those in health care, emergency and first responders, cleaners at the hospital, orderlies, RTs, food service, supply chain, grocery store workers, truck drivers, infrastructure workers. You all are doing a damn fine job and I’m staying home to #flattenthecurve