Waving from Australia, and hope this finds you all well and safe. Thank you for having me on Love Is The Best Medicine. Especially on the FIRST SATURDAY blog. I’m honoured.
Just for fun – I have a ten minute you-tube video talking about this book which you can click on if you’d like to hear it. Or you could skip and read on.
The book I’d like to introduce you to today, isn’t one of my Harlequin Medical Romance, but it is a Medical Romance Western and just as much fun. It’s from an American publisher called Tule Publishing.
I actually think Maeve and Jace are two of the most enjoyable characters I’ve written. They jumped off the page, never stopped talking, each amusingly original, dedicated, but hurt from the past in their own way. Of course, there are babies born, like all of my books.
I know my love of this book has a lot to do with my love of all the characters in Wirralong, our fictitious Australian town, and the smile I get when I think of the other Australian authors in now, our third series. How wonderful is that!
BTW My Holly’s Heart from Series 1 won the NZ Koru Romance Book of the Year 2019 and now Lacey from Series 2 is a finalist for 2020 in the Koru. Both are available in print and ebook. Please wish Lacey luck.
As I said, my joy comes from the fact our little bride’s town is a place I feel comforted to visit, with strong, wonderful people. To be able to return, and in my case meet old friends like Holly and Ben and how they’re going, catch up on Lacey and Cameron and cheer the progress of their children, it really is like visiting family on holidays. I think that’s the best part about series romances. Do you enjoy a series? I’m addicted to them.
Just saying, all the Wirralong Brides makes me smile. The town makes me feel warm.
I hope Wirralong makes you feel warm, comforted, safe and surrounded by friends. Wishing you quiet happiness and contentment in your life, and joy in your books. I thought I’d share a fun part that I always think about when I think of my latest Wirralong Bride, Maeve’s Baby…
Excerpt from the book
By eight twenty his daughter was asleep. He agonised over the late hour and decided any time before nine was acceptable. And he’d said he’d ring.
He took himself into his bedroom and dragged the pillows into a tall pile and leaned back against them.
Okay. Crikey, he felt like a teenager asking a girl for a first date. He’d already kissed Maeve. And she wasn’t scary.
Except today, maybe. The thought of her standing on two steps glaring down at him made him smile.
He pressed the call button.
The phone rang six times before she answered. He knew. Because he counted the rings.
‘Lucky this isn’t a video call,’ she said.
Jace felt the relief bubble up as laughter. He leaned back more loosely into the pillows with a stupid grin on his face. He loved she just launched straight in without salutations. ‘Why’s that?’
‘Guess where I am.’
‘I hope not,’ he said.
‘No. Not the ladies. I don’t take the phone to the ladies.’
He hooted. ‘Good to know. Where are you?’
‘I have no clothes on.’
He stilled and somewhere a hot flame licked between his legs. Just like that. With five words. ‘Is this one of those phone-sex calls?’
He heard her snort down the line. ‘I’m in the bath. There’re bubbles. So, you can’t see anything. And it’s certainly not phone sex.’
‘The horse book I read took ages. Jemima is now asleep.’
‘So, what is this call about, anyway?’
‘I was thinking …’
‘So much better than just reacting,’ she agreed piously, and he wondered if she was talking about today. He would not get side-tracked.
‘At work, we are Dr Jace Bronson and midwife Maeve McGill.’
‘Observant, aren’t you.’
He refused to be derailed. He’d been working this out. ‘Then there’s me and you, Jace and Maeve.’
‘Hmm.’ She was listening. After a short pause she said, ‘And?’
‘I was thinking Jace and Maeve could talk at night before we go to sleep. Thought we could try tonight, and see how we go.’
There was the sound of bubbles and splashing.
‘Are you okay?’
‘I was just thinking underwater.’
He had to smile at that. Picturing that. Nice picture.
She splashed then said, ‘It’s lucky I bought one of those waterproof phone cases, then.’
‘Did you know …’ he paused, his face cracking into a smile as the idea expanded, ‘…there’s a bath here in this place for me, too?’
He heard a soft laugh. Sounded breathy to him. He shifted on the bed enjoying this way more than he’d thought he would. Finally, she said, ‘You’re saying we could both lie in the bath and chat? At night? In the dark?’
‘I hadn’t thought of the dark, but that’s a nice idea.’
‘Um. Then I’d have a full picture of you in my head, naked in your bath, with bubbles.’ A long silence, but he had the feeling she wasn’t finished. Eventually she said, ‘That’s pretty darn hot, regardless of the temperature of the water.’
‘Tell me about it.’
Maeve’s Baby came out 5th August. Grab your copy today from:
Personally signed print copies can be purchased from Fiona’s bookstore here.
I do have a free ebook copy of Maeve’s Baby to send to someone – so do leave a comment and be in the draw. The draw question – Do you love Series romances? Why or what is your favourite part or series – Or even why not? I’d love to know.
Thank you as always, dear Love Is The Best Medicine community, and I will see you next month, for The Bush Telegraph, when my big book for Penguin Australia comes out.Xx Fi