Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Romance Novels

Quit while you’re still winning?

I was reminded the other day of a friend of mine.  When asked why he was moving on from a great job that he loved, his answer was, ‘I want to quit while I’m still winning’.

So what brought this particular piece of wisdom to mind?  I’d just finished my latest manuscript ( 🙂 ).  I was happy with the plot ( 🙂 ).  And I had a warm feeling in my heart for both the hero and the heroine ( 🙂 ).  Oh… and the manuscript was 63,000 words long  (Gulp!)

A few days later, after having some very stern words with myself and wielding a freshly sharpened red pencil like a sabre,  I was back down to 50,000 words – give or take a few.  And, although I’d just edited out quite a few of my darlings, I had to admit to myself that I was a lot happier with the finished product.

And that’s the thing, isn’t it.  You can have not enough of a good thing, but you can also have too much.  (Chocolate springs to mind.)  We’ve all watched TV shows that we loved for the first two or three seasons, but by Season 5 the magic had vanished.  I’ve never actually been on holiday for too long, but I’m told it’s possible 🙂  And I’ve come out of more than one film, wishing that it had been half an hour shorter.

[EDIT… and with my apologies for not making myself clear:  Some things in life are just too precious to quit, though.  For me, writing Medical Romance is one of them 🙂   ]

It’s a fine art.  Knowing when there’s still more to do and you need to keep going, balanced with knowing when this is the best something’s going to get and it’s downhill all the way from here.  And it takes nerve to quit while you’re still winning.  Last week I was very grateful for that 50,000 word limit, because it dragged me back into line and made me submit a better manuscript than if I’d been given free rein to ramble on for another 13,000 words.

So I’m starting to come around to the idea of quitting while you’re winning.  Not too soon – my optimism tells me that there’s always something good waiting around the next corner.  But maybe there are a few things which are better done in smaller measures.  What do you think?

I don’t have any new English language covers to show you this time around, so I thought I’d take the opportunity to show off a few recent covers from around the world, because it’s always such a thrill for me to see them.  Right to left, the French translation of my duo ‘Rescued by Dr Rafe’ and ‘Saved by the Single Dad’, the Italian translation of ‘Discovering Dr Riley, and the Polish translation of ‘Discovering Dr Riley’.

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Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Romance Novels

Some news for 2016 (includes a giveaway)

First things first – Happy New Year everyone!

We’re making some changes at Love Is the Best Medicine in 2016, which we’re all pretty excited about!  All of our regular bloggers will still be posting, and in addition we’ll be running some great new features.  In order to fit all of that in, from next week we’ll be posting three times a week instead of two, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

So what’s new?  In addition to her regular blog spot, Amy Andrews is masterminding the first Wednesday of each month, and will bring you news of the six new Medical Romance releases.  We’ll also be using some of our new calendar spots to welcome guest bloggers, some of whom have blogged with us before, and some new faces.

We’re already planning a Valentine’s Day giveaway, which will be on the 10th of February.  And we want you to have your say as well – we had lots of interesting answers to the survey that we ran last year, and since we still have quite a few burning questions that we’d like to hear your views about, we’ll be running more surveys in 2016.

And – drum roll please – we’re thrilled to welcome our editors!  The Harlequin Mills and Boon Medical Romance Editorial team will be bringing us their news, views and insights, in a regular spot once every two months.  Their first blog will be on the 25th January, so that’s definitely a date to watch!

I’ve saved the best, and most important part of our blog until last.  Because the many words and pictures, the organisation and the calendar tweaking is done with just one person in mind.  You, our reader.  We all wish you a happy and healthy New Year, and thank you for all of your support.  We’re looking forward to hearing from you in 2016!

Now some of my own news – I’ve a new book out and once again the cover fairies have been good to me.  My hero and heroine take part in a fun-run along the banks of the Thames, and I think both these covers reflect that theme perfectly!  And, starting as I mean to go on, I’d like to send a signed copy of the book to one reader, so please leave your comment during the next two days to be included in the draw.

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After a childhood spent in foster care, art therapist Corrine Evans knows how important first impressions are. So when her enigmatic new boss Dr Tom Riley questions the impact her work can make Cori is intent on proving her value!

But as Cori gets to know this devoted doc she realises there’s a dark shadow haunting Tom’s past. And as he begins to let her in Cori discovers there’s so much more to Dr Riley than she ever dared dream…