Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Romance Novels

New Beginnings

For us here in the Northern Hemisphere, Spring is upon us. Now, I say that with bit of sarcasm since where I’m at in the US Midwest, it’s April 18th and it’s snowing. Again.

Ugh.

This time of year, the weather can be so unpredictable here. Today, the high is in the 40s and snow. But by Saturday, the forecast temperatures are near 80 and sunny. Craziness.

Anyway, Spring is my favorite season because everything is so fresh and new and there’s a sense of possibilities in the air that I always find so inspiring, despite whatever else might be happening in my life or the world. It speaks of the power of rejuvenation and second chances. And boy, do I love a great second chance.

Speaking of which, I have a new book out next week on 4/26 that specifically speaks to second chances and new beginnings. Island Reunion with the Single Dad, features Dr. Morgan and Dr. Eli, both of whom have dealt with some stuff in life. They had one star-crossed night together a decade prior and now find themselves back together again to run a clinic on Whidbey Island, Washington. There’s lots of unresolved tension between them and enough chemistry to light up the entire West Coast US for years.

Here’s a little exclusive snippet from Island Reunion with the Single Dad to whet your whistle:

“What’s Boston like”? Seriously? Such a lame question.
He should have left after telling her about the case. That was what he’d intended to do. But no. Now he was sitting on her sofa asking her stupid questions instead of the things he really wanted to know about her, and…
Gah! This was all a mistake. A horrible miscalculation.
Except, the more time Ely spent around Morgan, the more he wanted. Seeing her in action today with the C-section had reminded him of her passion—in work, and in life in general. And while his life was neat and ordered and perfectly wonderful, it lacked passion. He wanted that passion back dearly.
Morgan watched him a moment, apparently as stunned by his silly question as he felt. But he couldn’t think of anything intelligent to ask her now that he was here. He, a physician, well respected in his field, had absolutely no game at all where this woman was concerned. Of course it didn’t help, either, when his gaze slid downward against his will to her breasts, their outline more pronounced since she’d crossed her arms beneath them, pushing them up and out into that soft fleece top she was wearing. His palms suddenly itched to touch them, cup them, see if they were as plump and full and just the right size like he remembered. He licked his dry lips and glanced away.
No. Stop looking there. Stop it.
And now his lower body was responding as well, dammit, as the tension inside him grew stronger. Heat climbed his neck from beneath the collar of his white button-down. Maybe she wasn’t going to answer. Maybe she sensed the things he was feeling. Maybe she’d kick him out on his butt as he deserved.
Instead, she just gave him an odd look and snuggled down farther in her chair. “Uh, Boston is a nice city. Brutal winters. Not that I saw much of them. I worked in the ER, and it was very busy, so I didn’t have much free time.”
“Right.” His pulse thumped harder against his temples. Now that he couldn’t look at her boobs, it seemed that was all he wanted to do. But he couldn’t. Nope. He wasn’t that type of man, ruled by his desire. Flustered, he asked the next question that popped into his head, which turned out to be the complete wrong one. “Is that where you met your husband?”
Hell.
Morgan’s gaze narrowed, and Ely rushed to cover his blunder.
“Sorry. No idea why I asked that.”
Stop talking, idiot.
He couldn’t. “I mean, I’d like to get to know you better, but…” He swiped a hand through his hair and looked away. “I didn’t mean anything by it.”
Morgan untucked her legs from beneath her, placing her pink sock–covered feet on the floor. And now he was looking at her toes, wondering what she’d do if he massaged them, kissed them…
What the hell is wrong with me? Leave. Now.
But he couldn’t stand up without knocking into her, because she was close now, too close. Close enough for him to catch the scent of her perfume, something floral and sweet and entirely too intoxicating for his liking. He clenched his jaw, a small muscle ticking in his cheek.
“I’m sorry,” he said again, because that seemed to be all he could say tonight. Why couldn’t he just let it drop? That would be the easy thing to do, but then, nothing was easy with Morgan, and damn if he didn’t like it that way. His blood pounded, and his chest burned. He felt more alive than he had in years. Everything seemed sharper, clearer, including that pinch of regret that had never quite gone away where she was concerned, even after a decade apart from her. The one that got away.

If you liked that (I hope you did!), consider checking out the rest of the book. Link here:

Home is…
…where the doctor is?

Widowed Dr. Morgan needs a fresh start! But the first man that Morgan meets on Whidbey Island in Washington State plunges her back ten years…to a passionate encounter she’s never forgotten. Dr Ely is now a single dad—and her new, if temporary, colleague! Yet as their connection bursts back into life, Morgan’s resolve to protect her broken heart is sorely challenged. Dare she let herself dream of forever again?

Until next time, Happy Reading! 🤓📚❤️

Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Romance Novels

New category romance podcast by Amy Andrews

Who’s a podcast fan, out there? I’m a newcomer to the medium and mostly listen to a bunch of political podcasts at the moment but I was recently alerted to the existence of a podcast that specifically discusses category romance and I’m totally hooked!

The two women that run the podcast – Sarah and Bree – are an utter delight to listen to and are so passionate about category romance and thrilled to be sharing this info with other lovers of category romance they are totally infectious!

They both have separate accounts as well. Sarah is The Bookish Knitter and Bree is Falling4Romance and I wish they both lived in my neighbourhood because I feel I could gab about romance novels with them for an entire year non-stop!

If you want to have a listen, here is the link to their Instagram page for some more info including how to get to the podcast. I’m also super thrilled to be talking to them next month about medical romance amongst other things. That episode will air on the podcast in August!

So for those of you who are looking to find catrom loving people in a podcast, I can highly recommend Sarah and Bree!

Are there any other bookish podcasts recommendations out there for me?

Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Romance Novels

The Joys of November in southern Down Under

Spring paddocks and canola
Spring paddocks and canola

I live in the south-eastern part of Australia and much to the surprise of many overseas visitors, we get cold weather. Sure, it isn’t northern hemisphere cold, although it did snow on the beach once for an hour(!) however, compared to my northern Australian friends, I live in a temperate zone. This means for a teeny tiny part of the year, for two of the three months of spring it is GREEN! 🙂

My garden is emerald. It won’t last long but for now I am loving it and the spring roses. I’ve planted rhubarb, strawberries, lettuces and updated the herb garden. We’ve mulched and pruned and now DH is cleaning the pavers around the pool for that first hot day that will turn my emerald green to burnt brown. Given the forecast, that may be today!

So please enjoy my garden while it’s green and under the photos is my cover reveal for my next medical romance 🙂 Do you have a favourite rose?

Sentimental rose
Sentimental rose

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My favourite, Mr Lincoln. The perfume is AMAZING!

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Not a rose but I am excited that my Bird of Paradise has finally flowered. My garden is a bit too shady!
Not a rose but I am excited that my Bird of Paradise has finally flowered. My garden is a bit too shady!

BOOK NEWS!

81ydVW4HKpL._SL1500_WOOT! I have a cover for A Daddy For Baby Zoe? my next Harlequin Medical Romance which is released on January 1st 2016 🙂 It’s up for pre-order all over the place and you can find buy links here  along with an excerpt. To peak your interest, I have a special Pinterest board. You can see the little penguins, the fishing fleet, and the actors who inspired Meredith and Raf 🙂

And what do you think of the cover? I just adore that baby! It tugs on my heartstrings 🙂

My Medicine River series, set in glorious Montana, is still getting grFiona Lowe ARRA adeat reviews so if you haven’t caught up with it yet, now might be the time 🙂 Montana Actually and Truly Madly Montana, are available in mass market paperback and eBook format.

Unlocking Her Surgeon’s Heart, a Harlequin Mills & Boon medical romance is out in the world. If you enjoy the TV series, Call the Midwife, you’ll love this book. It’s part of the Midwives-on-Call series and my story is set in a small rural town. Lilia is the midwife and the last thing she needs is a grumpy, city surgeon trying to throw his weight around. Buy links are here.

I hang out a bit on Facebook and Twitter if you’d like to join me there.

I’m currently reading The Lake House by Kate Morton. I hope your November has plenty of time for reading!

Fiona x

Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Romance Novels

Fiona Lowe’s Weddings; an anthology of four novels.

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I have this thing about weddings…I love them. I’m always the one to notice a wedding car driving along the road, or a bridal party having photos taken. I embarrass my family by calling out my congratulations to the couple and I did so last year in France, although I think I ran into a cultural difference as I called out, “Bonne Chance” which reduced the locals to bemused looks and lots of head shaking and laughter and “Marriage? Chance?”  as if I was assuming the couple were doomed from the start…not my intention at all!

Anyway, what with my love of weddings, and having written four single-title novels all about weddings,  I’m super excited that Harlequin are republishing four of my medical romances which have never been available in the USA before but are now! YAY!  (It will be out in Australia in July as an eBook and in the  UK in print in August).

The two Warragurra Books are set in the Australian Outback…a land of blazing summer heat and bitter winter cold, a place that lurches from severe drought to raging, flooded rivers.  Populated by people who live on hope and faith and have been frequently battered by the elements, it is a tough, harsh life in a tough, harsh land. Despite all of that, amidst it all, there’s love in the most unexpected places.

In Wedding In Warragurrra, Dr. Baden Tremont, committed to raising his tween daughter, never expected love to strike twice. Sarah Lawson thought she’d loved once before but living in a town who blames her for the death of the local sports hero , she’s not prepared to love again. Slowly, they find their way forward by honouring the past and embracing the future.

In book two of the Warragurra books, red dust meets city smog. Emily Tippet with her pink hair, baggy clothes and an ability to hot-wire a car or tractor, brand cattle and shoot a mean game of pool, is an enigma to Sydney playboy doctor, Linton Gregory. He’s never met anyone like her or her close and loving family. With her four brothers and a father, dating Emily  is like having to deal with five fathers. I had so much fun getting dust on Linton’s Italian loafers and forcing Emily out of her comfort clothes and revealing her true self to the world.

The Surgeon’s Chosen Wife is set in tropical Queensland, the absolute opposite of the dry inland with its lush bougainvillaea, mango-laden trees, sweltering humidity and massive rainfall. I love the old Queenslander homesteads on their stilts and in this novel, the house became a character in its own right as Ryan Harrison, former surgeon, returns unhappily to Yakkaburra to recuperate from a near-death experience.  His neighbour is Sarah Rigby, single mum and the town’s GP who’d gone to school with him. megRyan can’t fathom why she didn’t run screaming from town years ago like he did. I love this story with the theme of healing both physically and emotionally, plus I got to include a gorgeous dog, a kelpie-bordercollie cross, who was based on the wonderful Meg, who sadly passed away a few weeks ago.

 

The final book in the anthology is a novel that had the working title, “The Vietnam Book.” Now titled, A Woman To Belong To,  it is set all over the beautiful country of Vietnam. Dr Tom Bracken was a ‘cardboard box baby, flown out of Vietnam at Saigon fell in 1975. Now he’s working in Hanoi and trying to find his birth mother, believing his life cannot start until the missing part of it is found. The arrival of Bec Monahan at his door, offering to ‘help the children’ starts him on another journey entirely. Bec has been left a lot of money but to her it’s tarnished and is a constant reminder of her troubled childhood. Together, she and Tom challenge their beliefs about each other as Vietnam weaves her magic over them both, but is magic enough?

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As I said before, these books have never been released in the USA and  I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed writing them. For photos, excerpts and the back ground story behind each of the novels, please pop by my website

These books are set around Australia and around the world and it made me think, which do I prefer… the beach or the desert and why? I’ve visited Arizona and Nevada as well as the glorious beaches of Florida and the east coast of the USA and I’m torn! They both have their own unique beauty. What about you? Beach or desert?

Fiona Lowe’s Weddings can be purchased from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Harlequin USA, iBooks, and all  USA eBook retailers.

Fiona Lowe is a RITA® and R*BY award-winning, multi-published author with Harlequin , Carina Press and in 2015, Berkley USA. Whether her books are set in outback Australia or in the mid-west of the USA, they feature small towns with big hearts, and warm, likeable characters that make you fall in love. When she’s not writing stories, she’s a weekend wife, mother of two ‘ginger’ teenage boys, guardian of 80 rose bushes and often found collapsed on the couch with wine. You can find her at her website, facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.

 

Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Romance Novels, The Writing Life

Where does Harlequin find these authors?

Where does Harlequin find their authors?

After reading Harlequins for most of my life–all series and flavors–I was sure their authors were a gift from the muses, dropped onto earth on the tail of a comet.  How else could all these wonderful new stories get to my bookshelf every month?

But there’s another way–It’s called the Medical Fast Track.  It happened once in 2010, and like a comet, is swinging around again in 2012.  In 2010, five new authors were picked up in its track (pun intended, okay?)  Each one of us has a different story.  We will hopefully hear stories of more new writers coming from the 2012 batch.

In the meantime, let me tell you how it happened for me (It would be great if the other authors would jump in and share their debut titles, too!):

So, in 2010, when I heard Harlequin Medical Romance was looking for new writers, I thought, hmmmm—maybe they would be willing to take a chance on mere mortals like me.

And….

The Baby Who Saved Dr. Cynical
Discovered in the 2010 Harlequin Medical Fast Track

I did it.  After years and years of trying, I became a Harlequin author.  I could say it all began with the Medical Fastrack Event in the Fall of 2010, but that would be glossing over a decade of writing and submitting, only to be not quite there.

You see, Harlequin is very particular—which is a wonderful thing if you’re a reader, but a very challenging thing if you’re an author.

So, after years of writing stories, sending them in, and sometimes getting very close, everything finally clicked for me.

Suzanne Clarke (a very discerning editor, in my opinion), read my entry in the Medical Fastrack Event and saw something she liked-my sparky dialogue.  But the story line didn’t do it for her, so she said, if I could turn in something else that was more hero/heroine-centric before the Fastrack Event was over, she would give it a special look.

So, I turned in two story ideas.  They weren’t spit-polished, but they had lots of sparky dialogue.  I had finally learned to listen to an editor’s suggestions and capitalized on what she saw as my strength—and it worked.  She liked them both well enough to encourage me to finish the first three chapters on the one about the diagnosticians and she would give it another look.

So I did, pronto!  And Suzanne rewarded me with more feedback. So back to rewriting I went.  What Suzanne helped me do was to show the emotion behind the stoic professionalism.

I think of medical romances as a tribute to the health care professionals who must show strength day in and out in the face of continuous emotional trauma.  I want to portray this profession with all the honor and integrity they deserve.

The Baby Who Saved Dr Cynical is a love story about diagnosticians, doctors of last resort who must struggle against all odds to triumph over illness and death.  What better way to celebrate life than through a loving bond between two strong people?  That is the emotional story I wanted to write.

I will be forever grateful to editor Suzanne Clarke for teaching me how to dig deeper into a character’s psyche to show the passion behind the actions that drive them.  It has made all the difference in my storytelling.

After giving those three chapters at least three intense makeovers, with Suzanne providing insightful editing at each stage, I was finally ready to go on to finish the whole book-which took me many, many months of intense, writing and re-writing.  Suzanne wanted to bring out the best in me and that often took a bit of coaxing. So I would write and she would read and make suggestions and I would try again.

And finally, ten months later, when every single word on the page said what it was supposed to say, she declared the book good enough to be a Harlequin.

Wow!  All the work was worth it.  The hours spent alone writing, the months of rewriting, trying to show the depth of emotion and strength of character so the reader would know Drs. Jason Drake and Stephanie Montclair as I knew them, was all worth it in the end.

I’m pleased to say that I also got to write one of the other stories I submitted, too.  Editor Anna Boatman helped me polish it.  Return of the Rebel Surgeon, featuring the Special Olympics (disguised as the Special Games), autism and the fragile nature of a surgeon’s career, will be out in the UK in August and in the US in September.  More about that later….

AND I’m finishing up another story with plans for two more after this one!  Wow! Talk about a Fast Track!

So you see, a writer’s career isn’t really like a shooting star falling form the skies after all.

It’s all about perseverance.  And perhaps that’s the theme of this post.  Perseverance.  Harlequin wants the best for their readers and their authors and won’t settle for anything less.  Yes, I am very proud to be a Harlequin author.