Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Romance Novels

You’re Never Too Old to Try Something New!

Last week in an attempt to avoid edits, (waves to editors!) I did something I NEVER thought I would do. Not only that, I horrified the Gen Z sons, so that’s kinda cool! Yes, I joined TikTok.

WHAAAAAT? you say. Well TikTok has an entire bookloving, bookreading community so I thought perhaps I should be there. And so started a massive learning curve–new things are good for the brain, right? I just LOVE that ‘Tech Boomer’ on You Tube (even if I’m not technically a Boomer) is my go to for ‘How do they insert those pictures?’ ‘And why the hell won’t the Cinderella Effect work?’

I’m having a lot of fun laughing at myself and I decided to go all in. Sometimes I have hair and make up and sometimes I don’t so if I end up in the horror section, it’s on me. Most importantly, I’m having fun and sometimes I’m serious and sometimes I’m fun and sometimes it’s a total disaster. They say laughing at oneself is healthy so fingers crossed !

I thought I could upload a video here but it appears that’s not possible…but here I am below telling you the secret to writing a good book !

Are you on TikTok? Pleaase come follow me @Fionaloweauthor and have a giggle with me. Meanwhile, what’s something new to you that you are trying ? Skydiving? Crocheting? Growing veggies? Tell me!

Meanwhile on the book front, edits are happening for A FAMILY OF STRANGERS, my 2022 novel out in March in Australia and June in the rest of the world.

For my world readers, we currently have a great sale on the eBook of A HOME LIKE OURS. It’s currently $3.99 USD (equivalency in other countries ex AUS/NA), if you want to grab a copy from the ebook store of your choice you will save $3. That goes a long way towards your next cup of coffee AND you get a fab book to read with it.

ON SALE NOW!

Down here, we are struggling with the Delta variant of COVID-19 and I’m in and out of lockdown like a yo-yo. Please take care and happy reading. Fiona xxxx

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Book Awards, The Writing Life

Celebrating the Nomination by Fiona Lowe

Down here in Australia, it’s winter and the *&%#@! virus has reared its ugly head again as it does in cold weather. This means the annual Romance Writers of Australia’s conference will be impacted …perhaps we should move it to November when it’s warm!

BUT we need to focus on the positives so I’m doing that. I’m excited and honoured that readers have nominated JUST AN ORDINARY FAMILY as a RUBY finalist in the ‘romantic elements’ section. I have a rule whenever I’m nominated for anything– I celebrate it. Why? Because a win is never a given, in fact I never expect it, hence the celebration of the nom. I know the win is unlikely as I’ve been nominated many times and I’ve only won it once! I’m also excited because I adored writing Alice’s story as she navigates the many pitfalls of online dating.

I did a lot of research for this. I spoke to many family members and close friends who have met their current partner online. I heard the good, the bad and the ugly stories. I also went through the process of signing up to see how each website and app operates, how they differ, how they are similar, but I promise you, I never swiped left or right or engaged with anyone. Most hilarious story was when my sons found one app on my phone. The husband knew all about it they were away at uni. FBut it was a fascinating piece of method research! As a result, a lot happens to Alice during the book which starts in January and ends in December. It was Alice’s story that tips the book into romantic elements because the other relationships in the book are not quite as rosy. I turn the spotlight onto female friendship, which isn’t always as supportive and caring as we hope. I see you nodding there right along with me … I’m also excited as Alice’s sister, Libby is a GP cos in some ways, I haven’t strayed all that far from my MedRom roots 🙂

Whether or not I get to to go the conference or if I am watching the awards on Zoom, I will be cheering Alice because I truly fell in love with her grit and determination, not just in the dating stakes, but in turning her life around after it fell apart without warning.

Intrigued? You can read chapter one here or download a sample from your fave book store. The links are here. and the good news is, no matter where you live, you can buy JUST AN ORDINARY FAMILY in print, ebook or listen on audio. The only difference is the cover and the world edition has US spelling and I’ve translated a few Aussie sayings. Australians get the full Aussie lingo!

How do you celebrate a nomination? Or good news or anything wonderful? Fill me in!

For information on all my books head over to fionalowe.com. Want a free novella to read? Join my newsletter at fionalowe.com Stay safe and happy reading!! Fiona x

Travels Around the World, Women's Business

Outback Adventures by Fiona Lowe

As you know, (or if you didn’t, you will now) it’s winter down here in Australia. While our Northern Hemisphere friends are enjoying summer and the warm weather that gives COVID-19 some of its marching orders, we are back battling the virus that loves winter. Snap lockdowns are playing hovoc with plans…still…but we were fortunate to be able to take a 12-day break. We called it the ‘By the Skin of our Teeth holiday’. We just managed to take it after one lockdown and return before the next.

Being out in the desert in winter with blue skies that go on forever is a gift I accepted with much gratitude. We thought COVID-19 might derail out plans but in the end it was rain that rendered outback roads closed. We had one day where we had to travel an extra 475 km and rejig our trip. Fortunately we had a car full of licensed drivers– an advantage of adult children still wishing to holiday with their parents!

Are you able to take a holiday/vacation away or at home? Fill me in! I’d love to hear your plans.

Meanwhile, I’ll let my holiday plans do the talking…

BOOK NEWS! The world-wide edition of A HOME LIKE OURS is out now EVERYWHERE in print, ebook and audio! YAY!! It’s the perfect summer read on a beach, in a hammock, under a tree in the woods–anywhere you want to kick back and lose yourself in a page-turning read.

Take a small town on the Murray River, an influx of new residents, a crime wave and four women whose lives have been displaced in different ways. Under normal circumstances they would never have met, let alone become friends, but nothing is normal in Boolanga. When the community garden is under threat, they find themselves not only pulling together to save it and at the same time uncovering some worrying information. To read the blurb, find the buy links and other information head to fionalowe.com

What do you think of the world-wide edition cover?

Have you caught up with my other women’s fiction books yet? Here are the covers so you can check.

The world wide covers
The Aussie and Kiwi covers

Whether it is summer or winter for you, I hope you can find some time for reading. Please stay safe.

Fiona xx

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The Restorative Effects of the Bush

I’ve had a frantic February-May with a book launch, book tour and finishing my 2022 novel. In the middle of that was/is a kitchen renovation–world’s longest! I’ve come blinking into the light feeling rather weary so it was wonderful to have a few days away visiting Boy Wonder who is on placement in a very pretty coastal town. It turns out, it’s only a 4 hour drive from the highest mountain in Australia so we set off and scaled Mt Kosciuszko (2228 m). Pretty small I know, but it’s ours so we love it 😉 The drive to the start of the walk was just glorious and filled my soul. I hope you enjoy the photos! Where is a favourite place for you to visit to reenergise?

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Now we are home, I am gearing up for the world edition of A Home Like Ours. Here is the cover. What do you think?

We are hoping to have this availabe in June! To stay in touch for all my books and get a free read, please join my newsletter at fionalowe.com.

Happy reading and take care.

Fiona xx

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A Home Like Ours and the wonders of gardening.

Autumn Bounty

We have a real feel of autumn in the air down here. The trees are turning and the harvest is coming in: my garden is giving lemons, apples, rhubarb and strawberries. It’s amazing how many strawberries you get to harvest when you surround the plants with wire! Mind you, the slugs still get in…

When we bought our house 21 years ago, my parents said, ‘you’ll never manage this garden.’ I took those words on as a challenge! I quite like getting out there, pruning, mulching, harvesting,  although weeding is still my least favourite activity. I’m no expert and I have my fair share of failures, but gardening is both relaxing and a workout. I discover muscles the following day I never use when I run!

When I got the idea for A HOME LIKE OURS, I needed something to tie the stories of Tara, Fiza, Helen and Jade together, and I decided a community garden was exactly it. A garden doesn’t care who you are or where you come from and my characters needed that leveller. Like their plants, they learn and grow together. Do you like to garden? Do you fear gardening ? (Don’t fear it. Like anything, you improve. My son just started gardening. Planted seedlings and didn’t water them. He’s learned water is a vital element in gardening !!)

A picturesque small town, a cosy community garden, a facade of tolerance and acceptance – but when three women with wildly different loyalties come together, what secrets and lies will be revealed? A timely novel exploring prejudice and privilege, from bestselling Australian author Fiona Lowe.

Tara Hooper is at breaking point. With two young children, a business in a town struggling under an unexpected crime wave, and her husband more interested in his cricket team than their marriage, life is a juggling act. Then, when new neighbours arrive and they are exactly the sort of people the town doesn’t want or need, things get worse.

Life has taught Helen Demetriou two things: being homeless is terrifying and survival means keeping your cards close to your chest. Having clawed back some stability through her involvement in the community garden, she dares to relax. But as she uncovers some shady goings-on in the council, that stability turns to quicksand.

For teenage mother Jade Innes, life can be lonely among the judgement of the town and the frequent absences of her boyfriend. A chance encounter draws her into the endangered community garden where she makes friends for the first time. Glimpsing a different way of life is enticing but its demands are terrifying. Does she even deserve to try?

Can such disparate women unite to save the garden and ultimately stop the town from tearing itself apart?

A timely novel exploring prejudice and privilege, from bestselling Australian author Fiona Lowe.

OUT NOW in Australia and New Zealand. Coming in May to the rest of the world, athough out in Audio to the world if you can’t wait for the print edition 🙂 Buy Links are here.

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From Australia With Love.

It’s summer down here and although I am thankful for the sunshine, our winter, along with a tough lockdown, is still a very strong memory. I live in the cold bit of Australia so I know all about how that virus loves the cold. My heart goes out to all our northern hemisphere friends who are doing it hard ATM along with the added difficulties of snow and sub zero temperatures. So I thought you all might like a hug in the way of a FREE book.

My novel, Birthright, about a family behaving badly over money, is FREE* for a very short time in the USA, Canada, UK, France, Germany and India.

So what’s it about?

Where there’s a will, there’s a relative,” said Roger Karshner. Very true! Birthright is my novel about a family who, among other things, are behaving badly over money. Three very different adult siblings, all with children of their own, have an aging mother and  after years of living away the eldest son and youngest daughter return to small town Mingunyah. 

Sarah is the eldest by nine months, but has always been overshadowed by her brother, Cameron, who is their mother, Margaret’s, favorite. Ellie was a difficult teenager and no one can see the adult she has become. Cameron believes his father’s early death denied him the family business and feels owed. Everyone has their own set of relationship issues of their own and then there is Margaret – a matricarch in the true sense of the word.When Margaret’s health deteriorates will long-held secrets and childhood rivalries smash this family into pieces?

Download Birthright for Free*

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Birthright is availabe for free download in the USA, Canada, UK, France, Germany and India until midnight January 27th USA PST. I hope it brings you some reading pleasure and a few hours respite from lockdown.
Fiona xx
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The world might be chaotic but we can still find joy!

I’m an Australian and I live in the state of Victoria. Down here it’s a month away from the official start of summer and after 12 weeks of being locked down harder than any other state in our nation, we are celebrating nine days in a row of 0 cases of Covid and 0 deaths. Track back to July (winter) and we had community transmission. I am so proud of our community. It hasn’t been easy. Not every one was happy and not everyone wanted to row the boat towards achieving this epic situation. Fear brought out the worst aspects of people’s personalities as well as the best. Victorians became the pariahs of Australia. Borders are still closed to us. I haven’t seen my eldest son IRL in 11 months, my sister in a year and my elderly parents since June. I feel so blessed that we have technology to ‘see’ them and often think of my grandmother who didn’t see her family for 30 years!

BUT in the midst of all this pandemic, good things continue to happen and I embraced the good things. I crocheted hero bears, plague bears and a baby Yoda for relaxation. We even made a video…

Spring came and with it warmer weather, which helps kick Covid to the curb. The gardens are a riot of colour. Readers reach out daily, telling me that they might be locked down but my books were helping. Canadians are discovering my big family and community sagas. Yay! I’ve always considered Canadians to be like cousins, cos you know, we’re in the Commonwealth and they have the Queen on the money too 😉 Big mushy kiss, Canada! And then on Monday, my eldest son announced his engagement. How excited are we! Now, the junk mail is arriving and apparently Christmas is on its way and again we will find a way to celebrate. Hopefully by then we will be allowed to have some visitors to our home.

If you love a Christmas read and you never caught up with A NEWBORN BABY FOR CHRISTMAS you can still grab it as an ebook. It is a modern retelling of the Christmas story with a big Australian flavor…Christmas in summer. It’s available wherever you buy your eBooks.

If you want to gift a great read to friends and family or treat yourself, all four of my ‘make ’em laugh, make ’em cry’ family and community sagas, are available in print, ebook and audio, everywhere. At At 450-500 pages, Daughter of Mine, Birthright, Home Fires and Just an Ordinary Family are a great escape for a keen reader.

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For our Northern Hemisphere readers, Covid-19 loves cold weather and the next few months will be challenging. Please know we are thinking of you.

Fiona xx

Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Romance Novels

Wildfires and Home Fires by Fiona Lowe

I’m Australian and I live in the south of the country which is full of wonderful eucalypts or “gum trees” as we call them. We used to have damp winters and hot, dry summers. Over the last twenty years our winters have been getting drier, our summers hotter and wildfires more frequent, hotter and far more deadly. Temperate rainforest that has never burned before is burning and our wonderful gum trees explode, spreading fire far and wide.

So what does that mean? Well, for many of us, it leaves us on high alert like our Californian and other West Coast cousins. It means where we live becomes a stressor and this impacts on not just our way of life, but our mental health. As someone who has been affected by wildfire personally and professionally, HOME FIRES was the novel I had to write. If you know anyone affected by wildfires, then this is the book you need to read. I promise you it ends in hope!

It’s a best seller in Australia and now I’m excited to bring it to my US/UK and rest of the world readers. So what’s it about? The blurb says ....

When a deadly wildfire tears through Myrtle, nestled along Australia’s breathtaking Great Ocean Road, the town’s buildings — and the lives of its residents — are left as smoldering ash. Eighteen months later, Myrtle stands restored, shiny and new. But is the outside polish just a veneer? 

For four women in particular, the fire fractured their lives and their relationships. Julie thinks tourism could bring some financial stability to their town and soon prods Claire, Bec and Sophie into joining her community group. 

But the scars of trauma run deep and as secrets emerge and each woman faces the damage the wildfire wrought, a shocking truth will emerge that will shake the town to its newly rebuilt foundations… 

With her sharp eye for human flaws, bestselling author Fiona Lowe writes an evocative tale of everyday people fighting for themselves, their families and their town.  

What are people saying about Home Fires?

“Fiona Lowe’s ability to create atmosphere and tension and real relationship dynamics is a gift.” —Sally Hepworth, bestselling author of The Mother-in-Law on Home Fires

“Lowe breathes real life into her characters…Home Fires is a profoundly hopeful tale, one of re-generation, of the strength gained from women supporting women, and of a community pulling together.” Better Reading

Home Fires is available in print, ebook and audio book wherever you buy your books.

Buy links are Apple, Amazon, Nook, Kobo, Google Play, The Book Depository or ask your bookstore to order it in.

If you’d like to see photos of the setting, read more about why I wrote the book, and read an excerpt, head over to my HOME FIRES page on my website. While you’re there, feel free to sign up for my VIP newsletter. I only send out news when I have a new book or cover reveal or a competition for readers. Want to chat books, cats, baking and gardening? I hang out on Facebook and Instagram too. Happy reading! Fiona xxx

New Releases, Reading, Women's Business

New Books Just for You!

HI, Everyone,

You may have noticed that my last medical romance came out in 2019 and there hasn’t been once since. Doesn’t mean I haven’t been writing. In fact, since 2016, I’ve written four best-selling, Australia set, meaty women’s fiction novels about family and community, featuring many of medical romances favourite themes. Across those four books I’ve featured a female surgeon, a GP and a community health nurse along with women across the generations.

I love these books because at their heart they are stories about women and relationships, just like MedRoms but I’ve been able to tell more than one person’s story in each book.

So why have only Australian and New Zealanders heard about these books? There is a complicated thing in publishing called ‘territorial rights.’ The good news is, these books are now being published for readers outside of AUS/NZ in print and eBook so YAY!!! Do the covers entice you?  (Available in audio too with the AUS covers).

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I am excited to present to you:

  • Daughter of Mine : One family and a tangled web of secrets and lies. OUT NOW 
  • Birthright: an inheritance and a family behaving very badly     OUT July 27th 2020

and then to follow

  • Home Fires : one wildfire, three scorched marriages and an inflammatory secret that rocks a town.   OUT September 14th 2020
  • Just an Ordinary Family : Friendship, lies and betrayal. Out October 12th  2020  

As Daughter of Mine is out, I’ll chat about it today 🙂

Talking BooksDaugher of Mine was the first one I wrote and its story came from me visiting an historic mansion about 100km from where I live ,in an area that was once incredibly wealthy from wool. I found myself walking the halls saying, ‘what stories would these walls tell if they could talk.’

The blurb says,

What can you believe in if the past is a lie? 

Harriett Chirnwell has a perfect life—a husband who loves her, a successful career and a daughter who is destined to become a doctor just like her.

Xara has always lived in Harriet’s shadow; her chaotic life with her family on their sheep farm falls far short of her older sister’s standards of perfection and prestige.

Georgie is the youngest and the only one of the three sisters to have left small-town Billawarre. But is she happy?

All three sisters have a different and often strained bond with their mother. When Edwina arrives at her milestone birthday party on the arm of someone new, the lives of the sisters are changed forever. Who is this man?

Suddenly there are criminal accusations, daughters in crisis and tangled secrets. Will old secrets shatter the perfect facade of this prominent family? When your world falls apart the only person you can depend on is your sister.

Lowe wields a deft hand creating utterly addictive storytelling that will have you questioning your own perceptions of what family is. 

Does that tweek your interest? If so you can read a sample here, you can look at photos of the district that inspired the novel hereand you can buy it at

For information about all four books have a play on my website at fionalowe.com

Thanks for reading and I do hope you take a punt on these best-selling Australian novels and enjoy spending some time down under . Fiona xx

 

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Summer Of Love – Medical romances on sale!

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Who’s up for some Summer Loving? The good folks at Harlequin Australia (where it is currently summer) have discounted a bunch of books – including 12 medical romances – for your holiday reading pleasure. Some are 99c, some are $1.99 – bargain or what?

The details of the books are below as well as a link to the page where you can check out ALL the books included in the sale with their associated buylinks!

Doctors In Flight – Meredith Webber

Breaking The Playboy’s Rules & A mother To Make A Family – Emily Forbes

Outback Bride & Single Dad, Outback Wife – Amy Andrews

Career Girl In The Country – Fiona Lowe

Her Holiday Miracle & His Bride In Paradise – Joanna Neil

Falling For Her Mediterranean Boss – Anne Fraser

Italian Surgeon To The Stars – Melanie Milburne

Mediterranean Resuce – Laura MacDonald

Breaking All The Rules – Sue MacKay

Click HERE for the link!

What a way to kick off 2020! So go check it out and get clicking 🙂