Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Romance Novels, New Releases

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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Birthday Northern Lights in Iceland

You can’t beat a bit of winter sun in the midst of the bleakness.   So why we decided on a week in Iceland over the Canary Islands I don’t know, but suffice to say it was the best decision my friend and I ever made.  Last week in Reykjavik, I was blessed with something better than sun – a display of the northern lights on my birthday!

We followed a local’s advice and walked a trail along the harbour towards a lighthouse.  As the sky got darker and the city lights fell behind us, there they were.  Aurora  Borealis – our magical mystic green dancing friends.

northern lights

I had a boyfriend from Iceland once, and I was lucky enough to visit there with him twice while we were dating. I was welcomed into every single home by his VERY extensive family, and was made to feel like part of the tribe.  In winter I got to sit around a giant table in the family’s log cabin, playing games and drinking shots while the snow made a blizzard that blocked the mountains outside.

I got to try homemade moonshine and sing as they played piano (everyone is musical in Iceland).  In summer I foraged for wild mushrooms in meadows that would make the Twilight cast weep with envy.  I was even offered a taste of sheep head stew and whale sushi at local festivals, while children sawed gaily into a freshly caught shark with sharpened tools – it’s a tradition, you just have to keep quiet OK?

As you can imagine, I was enchanted.  Marginally disturbed at times yes, but enchanted.

This time it was just my friend and I, who’d never been to Iceland before.  I promised to try and recreate at least some of what I experienced on past visits.  We got lucky.  The same family members welcomed me back… even though my ex is my ex.  They’re just wonderful like that; once you’re family, you’re family.

We were given tickets to Bjork by perfect strangers, live at the Harpa concert hall.  We drank tomato beer in the hydroponic greenhouses of Fridheimar.  We crept inside a lava tunnel, snorkelled along the Silfra ridge between two tectonic plates, got to bask in three different face masks in the Blue Lagoon, and were cooked a meal of reindeer and Icelandic salmon, and sweet mashed potato and more, all in a friend’s beautiful kitchen.  This memorable meal was all overlooked by the moose he shot with his son several years ago, which was nailed to the wall.

tomato beer
Tomato Beer

reykjavik snow
Reykjavik Snow

lava tube
Lava Tube

gullfloss falls
Gullfloss Falls

coldest ever been
Coldest I’ve ever been

blue lagoon
Blue Lagoon

His son wasn’t there this time.  He’s up in the national park hunting a native goose-like bird for Christmas, but it’s a tradition, you just have to keep quiet OK?

Ah Iceland, you are literally my new favourite place in the world.  I plan to set a book here very soon, my heart is calling for it.  Maybe I’ll leave the hunting part out…

Where have you been that’s left a lasting impression on you, enough to write a book about?

Excerpts, Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Romance Novels

Tis the season to be in a box set

I bet you’re all looking forward to Halloween? My office is throwing a party in a pub, promising games, food, drinks and “scary” cocktails. Whilst I doubt they mean the 100% proof rice liquor that once saw me waking up dazed in a rice paddy in Bali (true story) I’m still not sure I’ll go this year. I’d have to rummage into boxes deep at the back of my storage cupboard to find my cloak and witch’s corset… and even if I did, I doubt the corset would fit. Hey, I ate a lot of cheese in lockdown, what can I say?

Anyway, maybe I’ll decide on that later, but for now I’m more excited about CHRISTMAS!

Why?

Well because, for the first time in my life, I will be part of a box set! And I don’t mean the part that jumps out of a decorated gift parcel in another ill-fitting piece of seasonal apparel. I mean a Harlequin box set.

Check it out.

3 BOX SET

How cool is it that my words – all fifty-thousand of those wintery babies – get to dwell amongst the snow-covered greatness of Alison Roberts and Louisa Heaton? It’s like Christmas came early.

Here’s the premise of my first Christmas romance, WHITE CHRISTMAS WITH HER MILLIONAIRE DOC.

Can Christmas together mend their broken hearts? 

Montana Ski-resort owner and single dad, Dr Jax doubts the new locum from NYC can survive five minutes in his busy clinic, let alone two months! Until dedicated Dr Ophelia’s kindness towards his son thaws a heart that’s been frozen since his wife died.

Yet Ophelia must return to her own reality and, no matter how tempted, a just-for-Christmas romance can’t lead to forever… can it?

And here is a sneaky snippet, the meet-cute, I guess you’d call it.

Enjoy lovely people, and whether you’re more pumped up for Halloween or Christmas, I hope you have yourself some seriously happy holidays.

****

The teenage girl at the coffee cart in the airport took seven minutes to make her latte. It was almost amusing, watching how she did it with such pride, at a pace that wouldn’t much rival a snail’s. She’d be fired for being that slow in Brooklyn.

‘Dr Lavelle?’

Ophelia spun around at the voice, and promptly had her words snatched away by her sudden intake of breath. He was much taller than she’d expected.

‘Jax Clayborn,’ she managed, adjusting her hat and matching scarf. His dark almond eyes studied her with the same depth and intensity that had stirred her up in their video call, but it reached inside her now on a whole different level. Jax was as striking as she remembered, but he was all about presence too, commanding the attention of everyone who passed, especially the women.

‘It’s so nice of you to come pick me up.’ She watched him remove one glove, then took his bare outstretched hand. Big, she noted, like my father’s hands.

Tufts of his dark hair flicked outwards from his beanie hat, and when he clamped his palm firmly to hers, something told her she should wake up now and pay attention. It was the strangest feeling. It totally caught her off guard as he studied her eyes up close.

‘Shall we?’ he said. He pushed a stuffed bear into her hands and then bent to pick up her suitcase.

‘What’s this?’ she asked, turning it over in amusement.

‘A welcome gift. Everyone gets one.’

The air was freezing outside. A dark cloud promised more snow. Craggy white-peaked mountains framed Jax like a moving painting as he carried her case towards a huge white truck in the parking lot. Damn, he looked good in those jeans, she thought. He was even seriously pulling off a flannel shirt under his ski jacket—not an easy task for any man.

He caught her eye as he flipped the trunk on the shiny four-wheel drive. ‘Again, my apologies for being late, Doctor, I was out on the slopes, then I got the call about the bear attack…’

‘A bear attack?’ she echoed.

Jax lifted her suitcase into the back as if it were nothing but a feather and flicked the red scarf she’d tied around the suitcase handles. ‘I wouldn’t go waving this colour around here. Unless you want to attract that bear right into your room.’

She swallowed. ‘I’ll remember that.’

The first step up into the truck was almost knee height. Ophelia placed the stuffed bear on the seat first and tried to climb in gracefully. Jax hovered behind her to make sure she wouldn’t fall—he was probably fighting the instinct to make a comment about her rather impractical high-heeled boots, she thought.

‘I like the heated seats, nice touch,’ she told him, self-awareness making her hot.

‘I liked them too, last time I broke down in a minus-thirty snowstorm,’ he remarked.

When he dropped to the leather seat behind the wheel and closed the door, she still hadn’t managed to fasten her seat belt.

‘Need help with that?’

She stopped breathing as the smooth sleeve of his padded winter coat slid a millimetre above her lap. His fingers made a split-second job of clinking the chunky seat belt into place, and there it was.

His wedding ring.

Disappointment surprised her but there was something in Jax’s expression as he spotted her clocking the ring that stunned her into looking away. She knew that kind of emotional pain very well indeed. A bad divorce?

No, he’d likely have taken the ring off if that was it. It was more than that, something worse.

Something had happened to his wife.

‘So, where did you say this bear attack took place?’ she asked when the silence during the drive got too heavy. He didn’t seem too chatty. She was aware of his every slight movement in the driver’s seat, the way his eyes scanned the mirrors and the roadsides intently, as if he was expecting a grizzly to pounce at any moment.

‘Guy got unlucky out on the Trout Camp Trail… Eagle Peaks Mountain Club community, slightly northwest of Sunset Range.’

The geographical information meant nothing to her. She was still thrown from seeing that look in his eyes, the same one she’d seen all too often in the mirror… She’d know the face of grief on anyone. What had happened to his wife? Jax was older than her, maybe by a decade, but being widowed at his age would be grossly unfair, not to mention tough.

‘Seems like it was a pretty surprise encounter,’ Jax continued. ‘Pretty is probably the wrong word for it. Poor guy had to crawl up to the road after the bear left him for dead.’

She winced. ‘That’s…terrible.’

‘The ranger up there found him. He thought it was weird that some guy was taking a break, just sitting in the snow. Then he saw the blood everywhere. Guy couldn’t speak but he scratched out “BEAR” in the snow with a stick.’

Ophelia put a hand to her mouth. ‘God, I can’t even…’

‘The fire department brought him to us, but we sent him to Willow Crest Trauma. The lacerations were beyond our team’s capabilities to fix on-site. He had puncture wounds on his face, and all down his back. Slashes all up his arms and stomach, and you don’t want to know what those claws can do to a man’s—’

‘I’m pretty sure I can imagine.’ Ophelia hoped she didn’t look as horrified as she felt. She thought she’d seen it all in New York, but never a bear attack. ‘I can’t imagine it, actually,’ she admitted. ‘It’s just too horrendous.’ What sort of job had she walked into?

‘Don’t worry, this kind of thing is very rare. I didn’t mean to scare you. I’ll give you a tour if you like, show you where not to go. Are you going to open that, by the way?’

Ophelia held the stuffed bear up to face her. ‘This?’

‘Open it.’

Obediently she dug inside the bear’s belly to find a clasp. Pulling out the aerosol container inside, she held it up over the dash. ‘Bear spray. Are you serious?’

‘If you need it, start from the feet, right up to the head. And if that doesn’t work…’ He reached across her knees again, and she caught a whiff of his scent, no cologne, something primal and musky that was all his. It left her breathing in expectantly, wanting more. Pulling the glove compartment open, he revealed loose rags, a few sticks of gum…and a gun.

Ophelia froze. ‘Have you ever actually used that?’

He seemed to contemplate her question. ‘I wouldn’t carry it if I didn’t need it.’

‘So, you have, then.’

He snapped the compartment shut, and his almond eyes narrowed behind the wheel. ‘We’re not at the top of the food chain out here, Ophelia. No matter what happens, we all respect that. But we always shoot as a warning, never to kill. I can teach you how to use a gun for protection.’

‘I probably won’t take you up on that.’

‘As you wish.’

When she looked at him, he was smiling faintly, as if she amused him. He’d probably laugh out loud if she mentioned her own attempts at self-defence, the Taekwondo classes in an old gym hall in Brooklyn that she’d given up on after only three weeks. She shuffled in her seat. How was he affecting her like this?

For more… and you know you want more, readers, you can pre-order WHITE CHRISTMAS WITH HER MILLIONAIRE DOC here.

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Top 5 Procrastination Activities for Writers

We all know that writing a novel is hard. Sure, it’s fun, but it’s also a tough mental exercise, involving hours of mulling over delicate plot lines, playing with dialogue we’ve only ever heard in our heads, and way too much solo time staring into a screen. Oh and coffee.

This past week I finally submitted another manuscript, but believe me, getting to the part where I typed THE END took a lot of effort. And a lot more procrastination. If you’re anything like me, writing a Harlequin novel takes hours and hours of procrastination.

How many of these can you relate to?

1.  VEGAN BACON, YOU SAY?

So I’m halfway through a chapter. I take a break to Google a medical condition I’ve only ever vaguely heard of, yet somehow have to convey depth, wisdom and compassion about. Somehow along the way I click on a targeted ad for Vegan Bacon seasoning. Leaving my characters fully in the lurch with their mysterious medical condition, instead I learn everything there is to know about fake bacon seasoning. Free shipping too, you say? Well that’s me sold!

2.  JUST ONE MORE LAP AROUND THE BLOCK, MUM!

I only have 2,000 more words to write today but my dog keeps giving me those puppy eyes: “Mama what are you dooooo-ing? Let’s go walk, let’s go play!”

I can’t leave her thinking I’m abandoning her, so… oh go on, just one more treat. Oh, alright, just one more belly rub. Oh, OK fine you cutie pie, just one more little walk. Oh, you want to go round the block again? OK, why not? The park now, too? Fine, have it your way.

Forty-five minutes later…. Damn, now it’s too late to work. It’s your fault, dog, not mine.

3.  IS MY BREAD LOAF PILLOW STILL AVAILABLE?

I really should do a grammar check on that last chapter, but right now I just need to go into my Amazon shopping cart and check my list of emergency fun items is all in order. Thankfully they have not run out of Burrito Tortilla Wrap Blankets. Also still available is the hot pink LED night light which activates automatically when you approach the toilet bowl. I do need to keep an eye on the popular 3D-printed bread loaf pillow, though, because I’d hate for that to sell out before I really need it.

BREAD PILLOW

4. DID I MISS A SPOT OVER THERE?

I must go over that page of dialogue one more time. But first, I really must investigate what that smell could be, every time I open the fridge. Yes, OK yes it’s been a little iffy all week, but if I don’t check it out now – before I edit one page, not after – it could get much, much worse. Actually, while I’m here, chucking out two-week old bananas, I may as well strip the whole fridge bare and give all the shelves a good scrub. While I’m on a roll, why not vacuum the rug again, too?

5.  I COULD TOTALLY CULTIVATE AN INDOOR GARDEN

Just the final edit to go now. I could easily get it done in a day but I’ll stretch it over three by combining the task with cultivating an indoor herb garden. Just to break it up a bit you know; give my fresh ideas some time to marinate (in Vegan Bacon seasoning?) Three hours is just long enough to research exactly which herbs are likely to take if I plant them on my windowsill, and which one might kill my dog.

Before I even get to editing I’ll have nineteen plant pots, ten packs of seeds, a heating pad and fertiliser landing on my doorstep via Amazon. Not a bad day’s work. Not the work I planned to do… but work nonetheless.

So there you go, the top 5 ways I procrastinated this time, prior to hitting that ‘send’ button and firing my novel off to my lovely editor. How do you procrastinate, lovely readers?

What’s that, you don’t? OK… in that case, please teach me your ways. All suggestions welcome 😉

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Reunions, by Emma Marnell, from the Medical Romance Editorial Team

As the world begins to reopen, many people are getting their first chance (at least here in the UK) to reunite with their loved ones, be it family or friends. For me, personally, my family are all based in Ireland and it has been most challenging being so close – geographically – but feeling so far away from them over the past few months. However, I am finally getting the chance to reunite with them this week after eight long months and I cannot wait.

As terrible as the pandemic has been, I feel as though it has taught us a very important lesson of not taking life or people for granted. It feels as though people have begun to appreciate the little things in life again, there is a spirit of togetherness in the air at the moment and I for one am here for it!

I have been counting down the days until I could reunite with my family, as I am sure many of you have with your loved ones too. In the meantime, I have been delving deep into some reunion romances to get that feeling of togetherness and unconditional love flowing. If you are looking for some reunion romances like me, or just some epic romances in general, then here are just some that I have read that pulled on my heart strings this summer…

 

First up is Second Chance in Barcelona by Fiona McArthur, where a midwife breaks all of her own rules when she is drawn into the world of a stranger, she once spent an impulsive night of passion with!  

Fiona

 

In Reunited with Her Secret Prince by Susanne Hampton, Dr Daniel returns but is keeping a secret…

Susanne

 

Falling Again for the Animal Whisperer by Becky Wicks, because who doesn’t love a romance with a hot vet!

Becky

 

Reunited with the Heart Surgeon by Janice Lynn hits all the right notes if a fated love affair is what you’re looking for.

Janice

 

Last but certainly not least, Reunited with His Long-Lost Nurse by Charlotte Hawkes is coming very soon, and I promise it will be worth the wait!

Charlotte

 

Wishing you all a wonderful summer of reunions.

Emma x

Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Romance Novels, New Releases

July New Releases

Happy July! I’m swimming in boxes, but it’s another month and that means a bunch more new releases!

And a congratulations to Tina Beckett on her 40th book!

The Paramedic’s Secret Son by Rachel Dove

He thought he had to leave…
…Now he has two reasons to stay!
Eight years ago, paramedic Harry walked away from Annabel, knowing that it would break both of their hearts but that staying would only hurt her more. Now Harry has returned to discover that Annabel wasn’t the only one he left behind—he has a seven-year-old son! Knowing he’s a father makes him even more determined to win Annabel—and little Aidan—back…

Stolen Nights with the Single Dad by Alison Roberts

Following your heart…
is worth the risk!
When GP Andrew Mitchell signed up for an emergency responders training course, he never expected to leave with a certificate and a night of memories with instructor Jenna Armstrong! Returning to reality, Andrew juggles work with being a single dad, but staying focused is impossible with Jenna invading his thoughts. Their worlds are poles apart, and on paper they should never work, but Andrew isn’t ready to let Jenna go…

How to Win the Surgeon’s Heart by Tina Beckett

Things are heating up…
…in their Caribbean paradise!
For Dr. Nate, work is everything. Without him, his renowned hospital wouldn’t exist! Now he’s ready to step up to the plate—again!—as nearby St. Victoria Hospital faces a staff shortage. Surgeon Sasha is beyond grateful for the help, but she’s not so sure about Nate… Her heart’s been broken by wealthy and far-too-attractive men before! Can Nate prove to Sasha he’s different?
A The Island Clinic novel
 
The Island Clinic quartet
Book 1 – How to Win the Surgeon’s Heart by Tina Beckett
Book 2 – Caribbean Paradise, Miracle Family by Julie Danvers
Book 3 – The Princess and the Pediatrician by Annie O’Neil
Book 4 – Reunited with His Long-Lost Nurse by Charlotte Hawkes

Fling with the Children’s Heart Doctor by Becky

Will she find a new home…
…In the surgeon’s arms?
For Dr. Freya Grey, spending six months working with Amsterdam’s leading children’s cardiac surgeon, Lucas Van de Berg, proves a delicious distraction from painful memories. But knowing that she can’t stay in the city that haunts her, Freya is torn between her head and her heart. Lucas has shown her Amsterdam in a new light…but is that enough to make her want to stay?

Falling for the Brooding Doc by Annie Claydon

Going for gold is nothing…
…compared to winning his heart
For injured doctor and championship rower Laurie Sullivan, pushing herself to the limit is all she’s ever known. But enigmatic Dr. Ross Summerby knows she’s not taking her injury seriously. His shock tactic threat of eviction from his exclusive rehabilitation clinic unless she focuses on her treatment and helps with some of his patients works wonders. But the unexpected connection between them soon makes Laurie dream of a very different future!

Caribbean Paradise, Miracle Family by Julie Danvers

His shocking revelation…
…for the single mom!
For nurse Willow Thompson, taking on parenthood alone certainly wasn’t easy, but her daughter, Maisie, is her world…and life on St. Victoria is near perfect. Only, everything changes when jaw-droppingly handsome Dr. Theo Moore strolls along the beach and into their lives—to tell Willow that he’s her daughter’s biological father! And now that he’s able, he’s determined to be there…for them both.
The Island Clinic novel
 
The Island Clinic quartet
Book 1 – How to Win the Surgeon’s Heart by Tina Beckett
Book 2 – Caribbean Paradise, Miracle Family by Julie Danvers
Book 3 – The Princess and the Pediatrician by Annie O’Neil
Book 4 – Reunited with His Long-Lost Nurse by Charlotte Hawkes

Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Romance Novels, Travels Around the World

The Write Way to Travel

How globe-trotting influenced my Harlequin Medical Romances

 

Ten years ago, before my Harlequin days, I planned to write a young adult novel set in Nashville, Tennessee. Being a British citizen whod never even been to Music City, it seemed the logical thing to do, to book an Airbnb, start chatting with cowboys on dating sites, get on a plane, and move there for three months. 

 

Somehow, amongst the boot-scooting, whisky-shooting and country music, I wrote the book. Not only were my descriptions of Nashville that much much more realistic and colourful, I wound up moving in with a guitar-playing Icelandic/American man whom I almost married.

 

I said almost. I quickly realised that sometimes you need to know when to end a chapter – so to speak – and move on. Were still great friends, the books still on Amazon, but more importantly, I had a real romantic adventure in the name of research. And it spurred me on to base more novels in the far-and-wide and wonderful places Ive already been. Well, they do say, write what you know.

 

Canal-side inspiration in Amsterdam

Writing on my Amsterdam balcony copy
Writing on my Amsterdam balcony

These days Im pretty settled with my man in The Netherlands, even though sadly he doesnt wear a Stetson to the supermarket like my ex. (You cant have everything you want in one man, unless youre a Harlequin heroine, I suppose). I moved to Amsterdam in 2016, which was also the year I became a Harlequin author. I always meant to base a Harlequin Medical Romance here, but I guess it took being stuck in a pandemic to make me do it… er, thanks, COVID? 

 

June 2021s new release, FLING WITH THE CHILDRENS HEART DOCTOR is a reflection of the city I now call home, plus a rich surgeon with a luxury houseboat and windmill. Get ready for passionate Dutch lovinoutside – and maybe a little inside – of the childrens hospital!

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Getting ditched by a dive guy in Bali

It was a summer romance that went awry, the time I got involved with my scuba diving instructor on Gili Trawangan, just off the coast of Bali. In reality, it wasnt exactly a torrid above-water affair, but it was enough to get the imagination going – how could I set a romance novel on a small island renowned for big gossip, preferably one with a happier ending?

 

Look for the scuba diving hero who also happens to be a celebrity plastic surgeon, plus palm trees, coral reefs and HOT disasters based on island reality in my Harlequin Medical Romance, ENTICED BY HER ISLAND BILLIONAIRE

 

Canoes, caimans and kisses in South America

Mating tarantulas, harrowing thunderstorms and sandflies dont sound like the sexiest base for a romance novel, but back when I spent nine months travelling South America, I fell in love with the Amazon rainforest itself. I spent hours romanticising situations and mentally embellishing relations with a hot jungle guide. When it came to writing my very first Harlequin Romance – TEMPTED BY HER HOT-SHOT DOC, there were plenty of elements of truth scattered amongst the medical madness. Expect snakes (of all kinds?), hot and heavy adventures in tents, and a reality TV star wary of fame in the face of a journalist/ex-nurse who wont stop questioning him about his mysterious past.

 

Hopefully there will be more adventures to come, both in person and in the pages of my Harlequin Medical Romance stories! I really hope youll come with me. Meanwhile, dont forget to visit me in Amsterdam via Junes new release – FLING WITH THE CHILDRENS HEART DOCTOR! 

 

Thanks for travelling with me,

Becky Wicks x

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Thoughts on writing romance novels about real ‘live’ people…

It was about youAs a writer Id like to be able to subscribe to certain peoples WhatsApp conversations, you know?

I think theyd be great character studies. Imagine if you could spy on relationships, especially romantic ones, from the sensual/ suggestive sexting to the sad point at which youve sunk so low youre actually revelling in your own passive aggression, writing snarky one-liners, totally misusing grammar and emojis thanks to the pathetic tears clouding your eyes.

I wonder if I could start an app of my own for this. Imagine, if you break up with someone, you donateyour digital relationship to a romance writer looking for inspiration – someone who can dredge the life and love back out of it, wrap it all up in a happy ending and use it as a gift to set you both (and others) free.

Maybe it would be a paid service for those whove been scorned, and the buyerwould get a say in how their own story should play out in the romanticised version of their shoddy excuse for a relationship.

Together we could shame a thousand exes in a million different ways.

Did Mark send you an Im just not ready for a relationship right nowtext, and then bail? Well, sucks for you Mark, cos you know whats happening in my next Mills & Boon…

You know the surprise ranch that was left to you by your millionaire uncle, Mark? Well, his big blue shiny tractors gonna roll right over your smug, chiselled, fictionally-embellished face (that still sounds a lot like you, Mark), right before the prized bull you loved so much tramples on whats left of your commitment-phobic carcass.

And that delicious woman whose soul you drank from and dismissed like a teabag? Shes not even crying at your funeral, Mark, dont flatter yourself. Shes too busy having sex with your hot best friend in the wine cellar, writhing in a sticky pool of gratuitously-poured Chateau Margaux, which you would have been framed for stealing, had you still been alive.

How do you feel about dumping people by text message now, Mark?

EVERYONE knows that book is about you.

I think Id need investors for this. And lawyers. And money. And more of a business plan. And no morals. And quite possibly, therapy. But hey, it’s something to think about in lockdown none-the-less.

I should tell you, there is no Mark. He is simply every weak man there ever was who broke a heart. My own man is quite lovely, thankfully.

But if YOU have a Mark, and words you wish you’d said but didn’t, do let me know. I’m always looking for inspiration. Conflict is key after all.

Alternatively, (because love is lovely too) perhaps you have a story about an exceptional man-person you wish to see hunked up/praised in a spirit-lifting, not-so-literarynovel? Holla my way, ladies. I am at your service.

Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Romance Novels, New Releases

March New Releases

March is finally here! And with March we have a batch of new releases, including a very special final one. Meredith Webber is retiring from writing and her final medical romance is being published this month.

Congratulations Meredith on your retirement and thank you for so many years of amazing stories.

A Wedding for the Single Dad by Meredith Webber

Will the GP and the vet…

…say “I do”?

Crashing an ultralight, in the middle of the bush, was not part of the plan for vet Campbell. Neither was being rescued by local GP Lauren! The pull Campbell feels to Lauren is unrivaled…and, as they get to know each other under the starlit Australian sky, he finds himself wanting more. But with a bruised heart and a daughter to think of, love can’t be in the cards, can it?

Falling Again for the Animal Whisperer by Becky Wicks

Is unlocking past secrets…

The key to their future?

After inheriting half a Dorset veterinary practice, single mom Jodie is dismayed to discover Cole Crawford is her new partner. The renowned vet and animal behaviorist ended their intense love affair twelve years ago. Cole is determined to prove he’s changed, but Jodie has to protect her heart—and her little girl—from further heartbreak. Only, walking away from their practice would be nothing compared to walking away from their reignited chemistry!

Greek Island Fling to Forever by Annie Claydon

Their journey started in Greece…

Will it end with forever?

Single dad Dr. Benjamin hasn’t forgotten the woman whose life he once saved. And compelled by the knowledge that, while he couldn’t save his wife, Dr. Arianna is alive and well, Ben travels to a Greek island to see her. He never imagined the sense of homecoming he’d see reflected in Arianna’s eyes, or that their enduring connection would make a fling irresistible. So is a future together impossible…?

Night Shifts with the Miami Doc by Ann McIntosh

From fast-paced hospital days…

To slow, sultry nights!

Dr. Regina Montgomery’s temporary job in Miami is a chance to refocus on her goal of becoming chief of medicine. But she’s unprepared for her former resident, Dr. Mateo Herrera, to be working in the same hospital. When Mateo makes it clear he wants her…the term night shift takes on a whole new meaning! But Mateo’s family needs him, and Regina has fought long and hard for her career back in California…

Rescuing the Paramedic’s Heart by Emily Forbes

Bondi Beach Medics (Book 1)

You can’t heal a heart…

…by keeping your distance

Paramedic Poppy is back in Sydney. Her first stop? Bondi Beach’s surf and sand! There’s just the small matter of bumping into the bay’s newest elite lifeguard—Ryder Evans, her first love, who was forced to move away…taking a piece of Poppy’s heart with him. If she wants him back, she must be bold enough to let gorgeous Ryder show her what she’s been missing.

Reunited with Her Daredevil Doc by Susan Carlisle

An old flame…

…a new beginning?

Dana Warren almost doesn’t recognize the man Dr. Travis Russell has become. He’s far from the carefree guy she once spent an unforgettable summer with years ago as they trained to save lives and fight wildfires. Now an experienced smoke jumper, Dana must take the guarded doc through stunning but dangerous wilderness to reach a vulnerable patient—and take care not to lose her own scarred heart along the way…

Excerpts, Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Romance Novels

The horse whispering hero who saved me in lockdown

Becky

My latest shiny book babies have arrived! And they’re not just any copies of Falling Again for the Animal Whisperer. They’re LARGER PRINT. So you can stand reeeeeeally far away and keep your book at a proper social distance from your face while you read it. Good, huh? You can never be too careful these days.

This one was my favourite to write so far.  Not just because I love Dorset, where it’s set, but because my hero, sexy horse whisperer and talented vet Cole Crawford helped me through lockdown in the later part of last year. The world went on, masked up and moving in slow mo around me while I holed up with him, bringing him to life in my head, hearing his words and imagining his sexy ass in the saddle of a horse. Aaaah, the fantasy man, every woman has to have one right?

WHAT’S IT ABOUT?

I’m glad you asked. After inheriting half of her late uncle’s veterinary practice in the Dorset countryside, single mom Jodie is horrified to learn her ex Cole Crawford has inherited the other half. What the heck was her uncle thinking? He knew their intense love affair exploded into flames 12 years ago and the pair haven’t spoken since! Cole wants to prove he’s changed, but Jodie must protect her heart, and her daughter Emmie. The thing is… you know when you know, right? Cole’s the one and he always has been. But he’s hiding something about their break up….

EXCERPT

‘Paracetamol… Asprin… I need something.’ Her nerves were shot. ‘Cole, where do you keep your medicine?’ She knew he couldn’t hear her, he was in the shower. 

She pulled open the middle drawer, the top drawer, the bottom drawer… Nothing but cutlery, pens, cables, dog treats. He hadn’t told her where it was. He’d insisted he was fine, but she knew he’d be in pain soon enough, if he wasn’t already. 

They’d ridden the horses back slowly, with Blaze beside them. Cole was bleeding under his jacket, she’d seen it when she’d peeled it off him as soon as they’d reached the cabin, but he’d brushed off his injury. ‘Go shower, get warm,’ he’d told her.

So she had, and now she was back. How could she leave him? 

You could have lost him. He could have drowned. 

The thought was a knife wound to her heaving chest as the tears threatened to consume her.

Her eyes caught on something under the bench covered in jackets, by the door.

Dropping to her knees in her track pants she pulled out the bright red medicine kit and flipped the latch under the huge white cross. Paracetamol. That would have to do. 

She slid the box back, but it was stuck now, jammed halfway out. Reaching behind it her hands landed on something smooth, made of glass. She pulled out a photo frame covered in dust and swept a hand across it.

Her and Cole, sitting on Mustang, bareback. 

She fell to her bottom, holding it. 

There was another box, she noticed now – the box his stetson had arrived in. She slid it out from under the bench and sifted through photos from their summers together. He’d kept all these? 

One fell out.

There was Cole, looking up at her from the floor, leaning with his arms crossed and his leg kicked back against a red tractor. She was behind him in the photo, grinning from the driver’s seat. It must have been taken the first summer they’d met. 

Another photo. Her and Cole at twelve or thirteen. She recognised Chesil Beach; this must have been the day they’d gone on a fossil hunt. She held it closer, studying his tanned hand wrapped tight around hers on their bucket of treasures. That was around the time that parts of her had started tingling in anticipation of his touch. Just his hand, hauling her up to a rock for a photo, had felt like another moment in heaven.

Another photo. Her and Cole at fourteen. Cole was even more tanned in this one, holding a pitchfork like a guitar out in the stables. He’d been skinny before but now he was filling out. He had muscles from labouring with hay bales and farming equipment, and a wild mop of curls. This was right before he’d taught her to ride bareback, solo, she remembered with a smile. 

This was the summer she’d thought Cole was finally going to kiss her… but he didn’t. The kiss came at fifteen. There was no photo from that year, but she could see it clear as day. They’d been wild-swimming in the river, looking for kingfishers. Cole had swum right up to her beneath the wrought-iron bridge. 

She thought he’d been about to dunk her; she’d been laughing and splashing him in his new blue board shorts. She’d been self-conscious of her new womanly body, and awed by his new broad chest and the thick, dark hair in places he hadn’t had hair before. But his hands had found her waist under the water. Without a word, he had pulled her into the shadows under the bridge and kissed her. Her first kiss. Cole had been her first everything.

Jodie pressed her bare feet to the cold tile floor, clutching the photos to her heart. They’d had their disagreements and spent the last twelve years apart but if anything happened to him she knew she would die herself, even after all this time.

By the time Cole stepped from the bathroom, running a towel over his hair in nothing but clean jeans, she was stoking the fire, trying to dry her eyes, as well as her wet hair and damp tank top.

‘How are you feeling?’,’ he asked her, dropping to the leather couch, then wincing at the pain to his shoulder. 

‘Better than you, I think,’ she said, still fighting to gain control of her shaky voice and limbs. He was here, he was OK, but he wasn’t hers anymore, and she had to pull herself together… 

Super excited for this story to be out on Kindle from February 18. It’s already up for pre-order on Amazon!

Till next time folks, thanks for reading, stay safe out there!

Becky x