Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Romance Novels

Guest Post: Fiona McArthur

Waving to lovers of medical romance around the globe. It’s always so great to drop into your friendly blog-room for a guest appearance. Thank you so much for the invitation.

2020 is certainly a wild ride and I feel like this is the perfect time for me to reconnect with you and be a part of sending love and kindness to each other. Huge hugs from Oz.

Instead of talking testing and increasingly more tragic times let’s talk books, and those magical places you can ‘time-out’ and lose yourself in, for a brief respite from reality. These are my contributions to the bookshelf this year.

Publication-wise for me, so much has happened – 31st of March 2020 saw the launch of my second author published book. How cool is this cover?  Choosing my own, different to anything I have anywhere else, cover and titles, is such fun. I love it. This book is still full of romantic heroes and strong women but with a freedom to be different. I invite you – Come on an adventure to the wilds of Papua New Guinea with Jacinta as she follows her jungle doc.

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And did you see Midwife On The Orient Express?  
That was my first foray into a self-published fiction book in Nov 30 2019. A trip with a difference and a great place to feel like you’re on an amazing journey. I loved this book so much and who doesn’t love luxury and dressing up.

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And also going strong are my big books in Australia. My seventh outback medical drama for Penguin Australia, The Bush Telegraph is out 1st September 2020. How gorgeous is this cover? And doesn’t she go beautifully with my set of new ebook covers. I just love them.

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But back to medical romance. Did you see my third in the The Midwives of Lighthouse Bay series for HM&B medical romance? A secret baby book with a difference. How sweet is this little girl in the pic?  Just like in the book 🙂

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And currently, well, I’m mentally in Barcelona, a place I visited before all this madness with Bronwyn Jameson – think Princes Of The Outback – and now it’s time to finish off my next medical romance for HM&B with my sexy dancing Spanish doc. Out in January next year. So, along with all our fab medcial authors, I’m hard at it to give you more.

And because I’ve been home longer than any time in the last ten years I’ve read more.

What have I read recently?

Giver of Stars- fab.
Where the Crawdads Sing – loved it
Full Moon Riing by Keri Arthur -loved it
Junkyard cats – so different – can’t wait for more of these.
Alone With The Stars – about Amelia Earhart – fab
Smoke Bitten: Mercy Thompson Series – just finished want more.

So what have you been reading? Are you listening to audio, ebook or print? Or have you taken up writing?  I’d love to know. One of the comments will win a bookfunnel ebook of Midwife In The Jungle with my warmest wishes to you.

That’s me, sending you healthy, happy and healing vibes for you and your loved ones far and wide from Fi on the farm (taken a couple of days ago) with love

xxFi  www.FionaMcArthurAuthor.com

PS. And a huge get well soon to our lovely reader, Helen Sibbritt ,who pops up on this blog and comments on this page so often. We love you, Helen. xx

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Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Romance Novels, New Releases

New Release January 2020

Happy New Year! I’m pleased to share with you the first new release post of the year and the new decade!

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The Nurse’s Twin Surprise by Sue McKay

Will this new beginning…

…lead to her forever family?

ER nurse Molly O’Keefe is starting over! But she isn’t ready to let sexy Dr. Nathan Lupton into her life. Still reeling from her painful past, Molly isn’t sure she can trust her feelings—especially as Nathan wants a family she may not be able to give him. But then their irresistible temptation spills over—and results in a double baby surprise that could bond them together forever!

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The Midwife’s Secret Child (The Midwives of Lighthouse Bay) by Fiona McArthur

Torn apart by circumstance…

Reunited by their child…

When doctor Raimondo Salvanelli was forced to walk out of her life, midwife Faith Fetherstone was heartbroken and, unknowingly, pregnant! Her letter to tell him went unanswered, so she dedicated herself to being the best mom she could be. Now Raimondo has returned, having finally discovered he’s a dad! He so wants to be part of their lives, but can he convince Faith to trust him with their daughter’s heart—and her own?

The Midwives of Lighthouse Bay trilogy

Book 1 – A Month to Marry the Midwife
Book 2 – Healed by the Midwife’s Kiss
Book 3 – The Midwife’s Secret Child

 

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 Rescued by the Single Dad Doc by Marion Lennox

“So you’re rescuing me?

Like you’ve rescued three kids and a dog already?”

Life has taught Dr. Rachel Tilding the hard way that she can’t afford to let her guard down—ever! Except her new boss, Dr. Tom Lavery, hasn’t read the memo. He’s known for sheltering all manner of waifs and strays, and Rachel feels uncomfortably like Tom’s latest project! She should be pushing back, but somehow Tom and his boys are starting to heal her wounded heart…

 

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Firefighter’s Unexpected Fling (First Response) by Susan Carlisle

When the best-laid plans…

…go up in smoke!

In this First Response story, with his impending promotion, hotshot fire captain Ross Lawson has no time for romance. Until stunning paramedic Sally Davis starts work at his station… Even if she wasn’t his best friend’s recently divorced sister, a workplace romance is out of the question. But their blazing attraction burns bright and deep and soon becomes one fire Ross might not want to put out!

The First Response Duet

Book 1 – Firefighter’s Unexpected Fling
Book 2 – Pregnant with the Paramedic’s Baby

 

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 Pregnant with the Paramedic’s Baby (First Response) by Amy Ruttan

One-night passion—

To pregnancy bombshell!

In this First Response story, paramedic Kody Davis has kept his heart on ice since losing his wife. He’s careful not to let anyone in, save for his daughter, but he can’t ignore his attraction to his guarded but gorgeous new colleague, Dr. Sandra Fraser. So when one stormy night awakens a dormant passion in them both, they agree it will be one time only—until an unexpected pregnancy changes everything…

The First Response Duet

Book 1 – Firefighter’s Unexpected Fling
Book 2 – Pregnant with the Paramedic’s Baby

 

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A Weekend with Her Fake Fiancé by Traci Douglass

Could her temporary fiancé…

…become her husband for life?

To secure the job of her dreams, midwife Carmen Sanchez needs a fiancé, and fast! Paramedic Zac Taylor should be the last man she asks—there’s nothing fake about the attraction between them! Yet while lone wolf Zac might not be interested in forever, he pulls out all the stops to play fiancé of the year—and their make-believe engagement starts to feel all too real…

 

We hope you have a fabulous 2020! Happy New Years and Happy Reading!

 

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Behind the Dedication

The dedications for our books mean a lot to us – and we know that readers sometimes wonder what’s behind them.  So four of our authors have chosen dedications from their books, and explained.  We hope to be coming back to you from time to time with more ‘Behind the Dedication’ blogs.

Amy Andrews – The Midwifes Miracle Baby

This was my debut novel and I dedicated to a midwife called Karen. The heroine in the book is a midwife fighting the male dominated obstetric establishment to set up a natural birth centre at the hospital she works in. The midwives at the hospital where I gave birth to both my children went through a similar battle to get their birth centre up and running and although it wasn’t ready in time for the birth of my son, it was for my daughter and my midwife Karen, who also delivered my nephew a few years later, was the most amazing woman. Giving birth is such a personal, intimate experience, to have someone who believes in you and your power to do this incredible thing and to be your advocate is a big deal, how could I not dedicate this book to her?

MidwifesMiracleBabyClaire West has sworn off dating and love due to a genetic illness in her family. She doesn’t want to become a burden to a husband in the future, nor does she want to pass her illness on to a child. Unable to have a child of her own, Claire strives to ensure other families have safe births and healthy babies in the birthing center that she runs. The on-call doctor, Campbell Deane, is smitten with Claire and refuses to take no for an answer in his pursuit of her. Eventually he wears Claire down, and Claire discovers she’s in love with him. It might take a miracle for Claire to overcome her fears and open her heart.

 

 

 

Susan Carlisle – Heart Surgeon… Hero… Husband?

My first book Heart Surgeon… Hero… Husband? did have a special dedication. It was to a beautiful friend named Raina. I once asked her where her name came from. She told me it was from a romance novel. Her mother loved to read them and named her after a heroine. Sadly, Raina was killed. When I started writing romances I knew who my first book would be dedicated to. I made sure Raina’s mother received a copy. I miss Raina everyday. She would have been proud of me.

lgcover.9781459223912.jpgDiscovering that her tiny son desperately needs a new heart terrifies Hannah Quinn—especially when she realizes ex-flame Scott McIntyre is the skilled surgeon in charge of the transplant. Entrusting her baby to Scott’s miracle-working hands is one thing, but whether Hannah’s own heart will survive Scott’s devastating charm intact is quite another…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fiona McArthur – Healed by the Midwife’s Kiss

Fiona’s chosen a dedication which is self explanatory:-

“Dedicated to Finn, author Kelly Hunter’s legend of a four-legged friend who went to doggy heaven while I was writing this book. It just seemed right to say there are heroes called Finn everywhere. Vale Finn.”

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Finn can’t imagine loving anyone again…but could one woman change that forever?

After Dr Finn Foley’s wife abandoned him and their adorable baby daughter, he threw himself into being a father. But when he meets a kindred spirit in widowed midwife Catrina Thomas, he can’t resist getting to know her better. One sizzling kiss later, the happiness Finn has been searching for finally seems within his grasp…if only he’s willing to claim it!

 

 

 

 

Annie Claydon – Healed by the Single Dad Doc

Annie dedicated her book ‘To Kate.  Wishing you unicorns.’  Annie asked Kate to tell us what unicorns mean to her:-

Kate says – ‘Back in 2014 I found out I had cancer for the second time. I took the news particularly hard. In order for me to create the positive mindset I needed to help get me through the treatment, fear and emotional turmoil, I asked my friends to ‘send unicorns’. The outpouring of love, and unique and wonderful ways in which people rose the occasion helped buoy me through the most difficult time of my life. I have been in remission for almost 4 years now and people still send unicorns. Every single one brings me absolute joy and reminds how lucky I am. Not just to have survived cancer, again, but also to be surrounded by such magnificent people.’

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Could single dad Ethan be the one…

…to put Kate together again?

When kind-hearted single father Dr Ethan Conway comes to vet Kate Foster’s rescue one night, it forges an unexpected bond between them. Could Kate be the perfect woman for Ethan and his young son to let into their life? If Kate can learn to trust again and let Ethan help her perhaps they can both move on—and be a family!

 

Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Romance Novels, New Releases

April New Releases!

Hello to all our fabulous medical romance readers! Can you believe its already April??

6 news books for you this month including two from Lucy Clark and a very special one from our much loved and missed Jennifer Taylor who passed away last year. This was Jennifer’s last book and we will all miss her wonderfully warm and heartfelt medical romances. You can read more about Jennifer’s amazing contribution to our medical family over the years here !

Reunited By Their Baby by Jennifer Taylor (The Larches Practice)

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He’s back to claim his family…

But can Beth trust him with her heart?

GP Beth Andrews has a wonderful job at The Larches Practice and a baby girl she adores. The only thing missing is her husband! Now Callum O’Neill is back and he’s stunned and delighted to discover he has a much-wanted child. He’s determined to renew his marriage with Beth, but can she trust that this time he’ll stay forever?

 

 

 

 

One Week To Win His Heart by Lucy Clark (Sydney Surgeons)med2

Can one week of passion…..

lead to happily-ever-after?

Love has been the last thing on surgeon George Wilmont’s mind since his wife passed away. Until he meets stunning head of orthopedics Melody Janeway on the last week of his lecture tour. Their instant connection explodes into passion, but with only a week before George leaves, can a passionate fling really become a forever love?

 

 

 

Falling for the Pregnant GP by Lucy Clark (Sydney Surgeons)

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Could this doctor and her baby bump…

be the family he’s longed for?

Surgeon Ethan Janeway locked his heart away when he lost his wife and baby daughter. But then he meets gorgeous GP CJ Nicholls, his new—and very pregnant!—boss. After her late husband’s infidelity, CJ has no reason to trust men, but kind, caring Ethan is different. They could be the perfect family—but first they’ll have to leave the past behind…

 

 

Healed By The Midwife’s Kiss by Fiona McArthur (The Midwivmed4es of Lighthouse Bay)

Finn can’t imagine loving anyone again…

But could one woman change that forever?

After Dr. Finn Foley’s wife abandoned him and their adorable baby daughter, he threw himself into being a father. But when he meets a kindred spirit in widowed midwife Catrina Thomas, he can’t resist getting to know her better. One sizzling kiss later, the happiness Finn has been searching for finally seems within his grasp…if only he’s willing to claim it!

 

 

 

Bound By Their Babies by Caroline Anderson (Yoxburgh Park Hospital)

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Best friends, single parents…

Now they need each other like never before!

Obstetricians Jake and Emily have supported each other through tough times. But when they both become single parents, there’s only one solution—move in together and share the job and the childcare! Only, the secret desires they’ve held for each other become very tough to hide. But would revealing their love risk their friendship—or answer their dreams?

 

 

 

A Mommy For His Daughter by Amy Ruttan

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She’s never had a chance at a family…

But could happiness be found where she least expected?

Dr. Evelyn Saunders left her orphan past behind, along with the cold Alaskan climes of Wolf’s Harbor. But an unexpected posting back home brings her up close and personal with single dad GP Derek Taylor. Neither are looking for love, but could this doting dad and his little girl bring Evelyn the happy family she’s longed for?

 

 

 

 

Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Romance Novels

Guest blog – Fiona McArthur

Thanks so much for welcoming me back and huge congrats to the RITA finalists. Super dooper great news.

In my news I’m lucky enough to have two books out this month with two different publishers and I’d love to share them over here on LITBM. I think both have beautiful covers and the stories still warm my heart.

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HEALED BY THE MIDWIFE’S KISS is the my second book in the Midwives of Lighthouse Bay Series and my 35th Medical Romance for Harlequin Mills and Boon.

Finn, my single dad doctor, has the cutest baby daughter in Piper and I just love, love, love the way they interact with each other. Then again, widowed midwife Catrina does too, though with a pang for what she’s believes she’s never going to have. Catrina is my Lighthouse Bay midwife, the one who lives in the second cottage on the hill overlooking the gorgeous beach, and I love this book, love these people and love Lighthouse Bay. It was so good to drop in there and catch up with previous characters and I hope you enjoy your visit because there’s more romantic Lighthouse Bay books coming next year.

HEALED BY THE MIDWIFE’S KISS is available now.

My second book this month is out as a paperback in April but the ebook is out now on all platforms.

Mothers Day_FCAMOTHERS’ DAY has a long history with medical romance, some may remember my second ever book for HM&B way back in 2002 which I have the rights back to now. I’ve always wanted to delve into the lives of those secondary characters of Jacinta and Noni’s Aunt Win as well as watch Noni drag Iain into the real world of families. Thankfully, Penguin Random House in Australia loved the idea and here we have a great big, juicy book, full of strong women. I’m so proud of it and can’t wait to share.

MOTHERS’ DAY celebrates mums and those who aren’t really your mum but mother you anyway. And of course this is Jacinta’s pregnancy journey so if you know someone who’s having a baby there are so many really fun antenatal scenes during the classes in the book. I’m sure they’d love it too.

MOTHERS’ DAY is available as an ebook, now.

When I had my four under four boys, and was working two days a week as a midwife, my next door neighbour mothered me when my mum was working. She’d sneak to my washing line and fold all my clothes, or take the boys next door and tell me to just read a book for an hour. You can guess what I read. Yep. Medical romance. She was wonderful. We all know someone who mothers you, it could be your awesome mum, a big sister or someone else, and you are so very thankful for them. I’d love to hear about your special mothering person or someone you mother because you understand. Mum’s are awesome.

Warmest wishes for a safe and joyful Easter.

xxFi

Book Awards, Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Romance Novels, The Writing Life

Conference Roundup! with Amy Andrews

The Romance Writer’s of Australia annual conference was on a couple of weeks ago. It’s an intense few days of networking (I had a half dozen different business/industry related appointments) and craft and catching up. Which means a lot of talking and laughing and, yes, the odd trip to the bar or two – but who can resist a rooftop bar?

And then, at the awards gala on Saturday night, for two of Harl’s medical authors, this happened…

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In fact Avril went on to win another Ruby award for the overall best romance of the year so she ended up with two gorgeous iceberg statues!

 

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Neither of the awards were for medical romances (although mine does have quite a bit of medical stuff in it…) but we always celebrate our own here and both Avril and I are still proud medical authors no matter what other kind of books we also write.  If you’re curious about the books, they’re both available online and if you’re in the UK you can actually buy the paperback version of Numbered through Amazon UK now!

 

The best part was that Numbered was co-authored by my sister so we got to share the accolade and the spotlight together. I didn’t think anything could make us closer which goes to show you can get to 47 and still be clueless  🙂

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yes….we look nothing alike….

And, for your viewing pleasure, I spotted some other med authors over the weekend!

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Fiona Lowe (L), Fiona McArthur(R)
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The lovely Susanne Hampton and I dressed up in our “Bring Out The Animal in You” cocktail party garb!
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Marion Lennox at the award’s gala after receiving her life time achievement honour.

And last but not least – the two Ruby girls!!! Avril has the most sassy haircut now which I really love. She rocks the short and sexy 🙂

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And that’s it. I am utterly exhausted but so very grateful that this is my life and I get to share it with all you guys. Until next year…..

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A Drum Roll Tattoo, by Fiona McArthur

Christmas 2014.

That’s how long since I’ve had a new book out in Medical Romance. My last two Lyrebird Lake books in the series were my last publication with Harlequin Mills and Boon. I’ve been playing over at Penguin with my contemporary fiction books and a non-fiction midwifery anthology…

Until now. 🙂

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Ta da! I’m so excited to be back and I promise it won’t be so long until the next instalment.

Door opens. In steps Ellie and Sam.

I’ve given you the Australian cover version because it’s my first cover with a tattoo on my hero. I can’t believe Sam didn’t tell me he had one.

I’ve only just found out, and as a mother of five sons and no tattoos, he’s the first one of my children to do that. It was a ‘blink’ moment but I think it suits him. I may have to write a short story to find out when it arrived. What do you think of a doctor with a tattoo?

So…I’ve started a whole new series set in Lighthouse Bay and would love you to visit this small hospital perched on the edge of the cliff, far northern NSW. Come meet my midwives, babies, and sexy new (mysteriously tattooed) doctors with blue, blue ocean, white sand and my quirky little town called Lighthouse Bay.

Like a glass of champagne this book bubbled up and put a zing in my day that made me smile. And made me remember how much I enjoyed the immersion of being in a love story in a medical romance novel. I hope you love it as much as I do.

Speaking of Lighthouses – next week I’m staying in one.

Technically, it’s the Head Lightkeeper’s Cottage, but we’ll be sipping champagne in the dark, our backs against the white tower, watching the beams flash out over the ocean and listening to the waves a long way below. For three days of writing and long nights of desultory conversation, with my dear writing friends Bronwyn Jameson and Elle Findlay, I’ll be cooking up adventures in Lighthouse Bay. It’s a very special place. Just ask Amy Andrews. Jealous Amy? 🙂

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A MONTH TO MARRY THE MIDWIFE Out now

In US – http://bit.ly/2mDHptl

In UK- http://bit.ly/2lMVOG6

In Australia – http://bit.ly/2lhhHKd

Falling for the midwife

Midwife Ellie Swift has devoted herself to beautiful Lighthouse Bay’s tiny hospital. After a painful divorce, she’s vowed never to get involved with another man—but then the sexy new locum obstetrician walks through the door!

Despite his own damaged heart, Sam Southwell is captivated by Ellie’s warmth and compassion. She’s a woman who deserves the fairytale! It won’t be easy to change her mind but Sam’s never walked away from a challenge…

Have you got any tattoo tales? Surprises. Ones of your own. I need inspiration for that short story I need to write. 🙂

Happy reading and see you next time xx Fi