Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Romance Novels, The Writing Life

Playlists & Such

I hear a lot of writers say that they need complete silence to write. No distractions. NOTHING but them and the voices in their head. I can write this way too, grudgingly, but I prefer music or at least something I’ve seen a million times playing in the background on the television as I write.

As book 15 was just accepted a week or so ago, I though I would share some of the music which was played repeatedly while I worked on various titles. Due to the beauty of Apple iTunes Music (Hooray because my memory can be sketchy on the best of days) it lets me know which songs on any given playlist that I listened to a lot.

It drives my DH a bit bonkers if I don’t have my headphones on and I’m listening to a song on repeat. ūüėČ

Since book 15 was accepted, I thought I would start with the book that started it all, SAFE IN HIS HANDS. This was before I subscribed to Apple Music, but I do remember the song that inspired the book.

safeinhishands¬† ¬†The song that inspired this book was Adele’s Someone Like You. Safe in His Hands was a reunion romance. A second chance at marriage and love.

When I write about my Army Docs or Navy Docs, I always have to have Skillet’s Hero added to my playlist.














And for my latest release Unwrapped by the Duke, even though it’s a Christmas themed book I didn’t listen to many Christmas songs, but instead went for something a bit sexier. Only fitting for that gorgeous hero.


And the song that was on repeat for this book was Salted Wound from Sia.

Writers, do you listen to music while you write?

Readers, do the songs fit the books? Or did you envision something else when reading it?








Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Romance Novels, The Writing Life

First Double Release & A Challenge

So February marks my first double release of His Shock Valentine’s Proposal and Craving Her Ex-Army Doc. Harlequin bundled them as the Sealed By a Valentine’s Kiss miniseries.


When I first thought about the Ralston brothers I had no intention of releasing them together like this. I wanted to write one and then the other. Slowly. Of course, the medical team offered me this terrific opportunity to write the books close together and they’d release them at the same time. I also had to write them with a Valentine’s theme, which honestly did bring an amount of panic in me because the first book was almost done and set in summer!

I also happened to be writing these when I was ill with the horrible gallbladder and waiting for surgery. Romance, especially setting two books on what is one of the most romantic days of the year, was something I was not feeling.

I saw it as another challenge that I had to conquer. A goal I needed to meet, even if I was terrified I wouldn’t be able to do it at all.


Still, I’m never one to back away from a challenge when it comes to writing. I will however back away from challenges that involve sharks, spiders and heights.

And it was a challenge to write so fast. I wrote 3 books in the span of 3 months. The third book being my May 2016 release Perfect Rivals which is part of the Hollywood Hills Continuity.

I try to rise to the challenge when it comes to my writing because I’m so darn grateful I get to do what I love the most and that dream came true because I took a chance at a little thing called a Fast Track.

In 2010 I saw the call for a Medical Fast Track, which was similar to the current Medical Blitz that’s running now here.

I saw it as a challenge. I wanted to write for Harlequin and I decided to go for it.WritingICAn

On the eHarlequin forum loop I see so many writers who are afraid or think because they’ve gotten rejections that they can’t do it. I’m proof that YOU CAN DO IT!

I’d been rejected by Harlequin before I sold. And I’ve been there, thinking I can’t do this. I’m not good enough. I still think that when I send in my books. I’d fuss and futz over them to the end of time if I could.REVISE


So if you’re on the fence about trying for the Medical Blitz, don’t be. Just do it. Hit send and maybe one day you’ll be here, talking about your debut with us. Honestly one of the best things about selling to Medicals is the other authors and the community.

I’m challenging all of you on the fence or too scared to submit, to submit to Harlequin. Even if you’re not submitting to medicals. I’m challenging you to TRY, because if you don’t try you’ll never know.

Take the chance and best of luck to all those who have.



Born and raised just outside of Toronto, Ontario, Amy fled the big city to settle down with the country boy of her dreams. After the birth of her second child, Amy was lucky enough to realize her life long dream of becoming a romance author. When she’s not furiously typing away at her computer, she’s a mom to three wonderful children who use her as a personal taxi and chef.

You can find out more about Amy at her website or follow her on Twitter.