Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Romance Novels, Interviews

Welcome New Medical Romance Author, Becky Wicks! (And Announcing a Giveaway)

We’re thrilled to welcome new Medical Romance Author, Becky Wicks!  Becky is an author and freelance copywriter, who had various travel and romance novels published before joining her fellow romantics on the Mills and Boon team.  Her first Harlequin romance ‘Tempted by her Hot-Shot Doc‘ is out in February!

We’d also like to announce our Valentine’s Giveaway.  You can find the entry page here, and there will be a link in the sidebar until the 13th February.  But first, over to Becky… 

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Becky WicksI discovered Medical Romance when:

This was waaaaay back… but maybe after I discovered Mills & Boon in general. I used to read my gran’s as a kid and I have memories of her wielding a can of whipped cream and threatening to spray my books if I didn’t stop reading! Medical Romance came later, perhaps after gaining an indelible appreciation for George Clooney in ER. He changed a lot of lives, that man. And not just on-screen.

I wrote my first story when:

First ever story? Hmmm, that was probably at age 7 or 8. I used to fill huge notepads with stories written in pencil, usually by torchlight in my bed at night. Lots featured talking animals… I even wrote about an orphaned tadpole once (don’t ask). I think I always had a weird imagination; Roald Dahl and Enid Blyton were my inspiration! The romance writing really started later. I did a lot of travel writing first, worked my way around the world as a freelancer before getting signed by HarperCollins to write three travel memoirs. In 2013 I started self-publishing YA and adult romance on Amazon and never looked back.

Where do you live?

I’ve been lucky enough to live in a lot of places since my early 20s (NYC, London, Dubai, Australia), but my traveling brought me to Amsterdam in August 2016 and this is the first place I’ve been in a long time that truly feels like home. I might even get a cat (gasp). I’m British and I grew up in the South Holland District of Lincolnshire, a place that’s also surrounded by tulips. Maybe my subconscious finds a comfort in flowers?!  

My best trait is:

I guess I go with the flow most of the time. My friends would probably say I’m pretty happy and positive in general. Last year a friend pointed me towards an app called Insight Timer, which has been truly instrumental in helping me take time out each day to recharge my batteries. Ironically, it’s a big app that kind of drains my iPhone battery at the same time, but oh well.

My worst trait is:

I’m easily distracted… oh, can you hold that thought, I have to check Facebook….

Five things on your bucket list:

  • Write a New York Times bestseller and meet Oprah Winfrey
  • Marry the man who makes me laugh and gives me butterflies
  • Learn to ski (I’ve only tried snowboarding, and that was in Dubai, of all places!)
  • Buy a house with room in the yard for a ‘writing shed’, or a mansion. OK, let’s just go with the mansion
  • Start a podcast for writers and readers

My first Medical Romance, Tempted by Her Hot-Shot Doc, will be released to retailers (including Amazon, on February 22. The single digital edition will be released to the M&B website on February 01. You can now pre-order the UK version from Amazon.co.uk.

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Madeline Savoia is thrilled to write sexy, infamous Ryan Tobias’s biography—and to accompany him to the Amazon to film his TV show! She won’t be tempted. She’s just been through a breakup and Ryan’s only interest is saving lives—perfect! Only, their passion sizzles before they reach the rainforest. Is three weeks up-close and-personal enough to turn into forever?

Thanks for the welcome, guys! Follow me on Twitter @bex_wicks, and on Instagram at beckywicks. Check out my blog and sign up to my newsletter at beckywicks.com, or find my Becky Wicks Author page on Facebook.

I’ll be scribbling more stories in a caffeinated blur, but distractions in the form of cat videos are always welcome.

Becky xx

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There’s always a first time… (and a giveaway)

There’s always a first time.  That was one of my Mum’s favourite sayings – usually in answer to one of my closely reasoned arguments about how such-and-such could never happen in a month of Sundays.  And it’s something that’s stayed with me and makes me smile – because one thing I’m certain of in this life, is that I don’t know what’s going to happen next, nor do I know what I’m going to make of it.  But the thought that we’re never quite done with ‘first times’ is one of the things that carries me forward.

Since I’ve become a writer there have been a lot of first times, and here’s the latest.  September brings the release of my first two-in-one, Rescued by Dr Rafe and Saved by the Single Dad.  Here’s the blurb for this duo.

Stranded in his arms. Falling in love in the face of danger!
As the water level rises in a Somerset village ambulance partners Mimi Sawyer and Jack Halliday race towards a pregnant woman fast approaching her due date.  But when a river bursts its banks this fearless team is separated, and Mimi and Jack find themselves facing the strongest challenge yet to the walls around their hearts…!

Rescued by Dr Rafe follows Mimi’s next move, and Saved by the Single Dad follows Jack’s.

There’s another unexpected first, too – my first Spot the Difference!  Can you see the difference between the images on the UK and US versions of Rescued by Dr Rafe?  (I think this is a relatively easy one, but you have to remember that I spend a very long time staring at every detail of my new covers 🙂 )

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savedAnd here’s the Australian cover for Saved by the Single Dad.  I wanted to show it to you, because the heroine on this cover is just as I imagined Cass.

I’d also like to introduce you to the two real-life women that these books are dedicated to, because they’ve both been there for me for many years and many, many firsts.  Rescued by Dr Rafe is dedicated to my sister Kath, who died suddenly last November.  My big sis always believed in me and encouraged me with whatever I wanted to do, and she’s one of the reasons that I’m here today, writing about my books.  Always loving and very much loved in return, it’s impossible not to include her in this special first.

Saved by the Single Dad, is dedicated to my dear friend Cass, whose name I borrowed for my heroine.  The one thing she has in common with the fictional Cass is that she has gorgeous red hair – but she would like to be six feet tall and I suspect she might also have a hankering to emulate Cass’s rather impressive fireman’s lift 🙂  I’m constantly thankful for her friendship and loving honesty over the years.

I have a copy of the two-in-one to give away to one commentator, so please leave a comment to be included in the draw!

And finally – for those who’ve been following our Perfect Hero and Perfect Heroine quizzes.  The answers are in, and every one of them is much appreciated!  Annie O’Neil will be bringing you more on this soon and so I’m not going to spoil the surprise she’s busy cooking up 🙂  So look out for her post, at the end of this month.

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Hello Again!!!!

For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Wendy S. Marcus and I currently have six books out with Harlequin Mills and Boon’s Medical Romance line. The last one released as part of the very popular NYC Angels series back in 2013. Wow! I can’t believe it’s been three years!

Since then, I’ve written books for Harlequin’s Cosmopolitan Red Hot Reads line, Random House’s Loveswept line, and Carly Phillips’ Dare to Love Kindle World. I’ve also self-published a great beach read, Summer Temptation, as part of the Hot in the Hamptons Series.

And although you didn’t know it, during my time ‘away,’ I also wrote two more Harlequin Mills and Boon Medical Romances. I’m extremely proud of both stories, and I can’t wait for you to read them – which you can do in a few short days, because they release on August 1st!!!

Book #1 of the duet is The Doctor She Always Dreamed Of

This is my crossdressing doctor story! Here’s the official blurb: (For some reason it doesn’t mention the crossdressing doctor bit. Hmmm. I wonder why? *wink*)

Dare she dream of forever?

Nurse Kira Peniglatt isn’t in the market for a happy-ever-after. Between her busy job and caring for her sick mother, she’s learned the hard way that she comes with too much baggage for most men to handle.

Except Dr. Derrick Limone isn’t most men–he’s caring, funny, outrageously sexy…and he understands that she comes as a package deal. One sizzling kiss from Derrick later, and suddenly Kira hopes… Has she finally found the man she’s always dreamed of?

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Book #2 in the duet is The Nurse’s Newborn Gift

This official blurb sums up the book perfectly! I cried when I wrote the epilogue.

Brought together by a baby…

Nurse Krissy Peniglatt promised her best friend she’d have his baby through IVF if he didn’t make it home from the front lines. When the time comes to make good on her promise she’s confident she can handle being a single mom. If only Spencer Penn, the baby’s godfather, will agree!

There’s always been tension between them, and yet the warmhearted woman Krissy has become takes Spencer’s breath away. But can he convince Krissy he wants to be a real daddy for her newborn baby?

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Find out more about all of my books at http://WendySMarcus.com

As a great big thank you for stopping by today, I’ll be giving away a digital copy of each book! All you have to do to be entered to win is leave me a comment that includes where you’re from, how long you’ve been reading medical romances, and which book you’d prefer. Two winners will be chosen, at random, on release day! (August 1st!)

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Happy Valentine’s Day! (includes a giveaway)

One of our favourite days of the year is coming soon!  And to celebrate Valentine’s day, we have books to give away!

Amy Andrews, Amy Ruttan, Annie O’Neil, Annie Claydon, Avril Tremayne, Emily Forbes, Fiona Lowe, Jennifer Taylor, Kate Hardy, Louisa George, Lynne Marshall, Robin Gianna, Scarlet Wilson, Sue MacKay, Susan Carlisle, Susanne Hampton and Tina Beckett will each be sending a book to one of our lucky winners.  All you need to do to be included in the draw, is to leave a comment in reply to this post before Sunday 14th February.  We’ll be posting again on Sunday morning, with a list of winners, so please do call back then to see whether you’ve won!

We’d love to hear your Valentine’s Day stories, or your thoughts about what makes the perfect Valentine’s Day.  Perhaps you’d like to try our Valentine’s Quiz, and let us know how you did.  Or maybe you’d just like to send us a wave from your corner of the world.

And just for fun, we’ve put together a Valentine’s Quiz.  We’ve selected some of our most romantic covers, and have blanked out the titles and author names.  Can you guess which cover belongs to which writer?  We’ve made it a little easier by giving a list of eight possible answers underneath each cover.  How many do you recognise?  

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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…

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Sexy Doctors and Hunky Cowboys! What’s not to love?

Untitled-5Here at Love Is The Best Medicine, we all love our romance with a medical chaser 🙂 We love television medical drama and we love our novels with medical themes. What’s not to love about the tough decisions our braod medical cast– from nurses and doctors to allied health professionals– have to make every day and how they balance it off with trying to have a personal life as well.

So many of the caring professions are so busy caring for others they’re not very good at caring for themselves. I think watching intelligent, talented people struggle to get that part of their life sorted out is a big part of the appeal of medical romance.

I’m super excited because Tuesday Jan 6th is the launch of my new Medicine River series, kicking off with Montana Actually and a fabulous hamper giveaway!  This book is a single-title novel (ie it’s big, 93,000 words) and it features Bear Paw, Montana; a small town nestled under the shadow of the Rocky Mountains. Filled with ranchers, cowboys and a cast of townsfolk, Bear Paw is like most small rural towns in the western world, it has trouble attracting doctors. When Dr. Josh Stanton arrives from Chicago to work and to write down his student-loan debt, he’s convinced he’d going to be welcomed with open arms and a ticker tape parade. It doesn’t quite work out that way!

I matched fish-out-of-water, Josh with Katrina McCade, an almost 30 year-old woman Bachelorbuttonswho has spent the last 8 years living out east. Like Josh, her life hasn’t gone according to her plan and now she’s back home in the heart of her family, struggling to be the independent woman she’s been for years. On top of family expectations, sliding back into her ordinal position with her siblings, and concern for her parents, the last thing she needs on her plate is a clueless, city doctor.

With 93,000 words, I have the luxury of being able to write two romances in the one book 🙂 Beau McCade, Katrina’s elder brother has more reason than most to be the strong, silent cowboy and over the years he’s retreated from the world, preferring to spend more time with the cows and the dogs on the ranch than people. When he meets Shannon, the new diner owner, he finds himself reluctantly needing to get more involved in life off the ranch.

Want to get a taste of the book? Read an excerpt here.

Montana Actually has garnered many positive reviews including a prestigious starred review from Publishers Weekly.
Montana Actually is out in mass market paperback and as an eBook. Where can you grab a copy?

Group of buttonsUSA: Walmart! Book stores and online at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBooks,Kobo, Google Play and other online book stores.

Everywhere else: The Book Depository (FREE POSTAGE) ask your local bookshop to order it in (Berkley Sensation an imprint of Penguin ISBN 9780425276952) or all online book stores AmazonBarnes and NobleiBooks,Kobo, Google Play and in Australia Booktopia.

Unknown-11To celebrate the launch of Montana Actually, I’m giving away a gift pack of Huckleberry products (USA & Canadian residents only, sorry!)

Huckleberries grow wild near Glacier National Park where the book is set. So if you’d like a chance to win some huckleberry lotion, pancake mix, syrup, Glacier County honey, Montana coffee and a great souvenir bag, along with a copy of Montana writing mate, Kari Lynn Dell’s debut novel, The Long Ride, then head on over to my Facebook page to enter!

Mountains feature a lot in this book. Do you have a favorite mountain?

The blurb for Montana Actually says… Passion burns under the bold Montana sky, but

9780425276952_Montana_Actually_CV_PROOFfalling in love doesn’t come easy…

City doctor Josh Stanton and his sports car don’t suit the country but with his medical school debt about the bury him, Josh has to make the best of a bad situation. Adjusting to his new job and life in the middle of nowhere isn’t easy, but at least the views of the mountains –and one distractingly attractive local–are stunning…

After eight years away, Katrina McCade is back in Bear Paw for a break from her life, bad choices–and men. But when a broad-shouldered stranger bursts into town, she finds herself unexpectedly saddled with the town’s sexy new doctor as a tenant. Katrina doesn’t need a man to make her happy, especially a disgruntled physician. But try telling her body that…

“A keeper. It made me laugh. I loved each character and wish I coud vist Bear Paw.” Catherine Anderson, New York Times bestselling author of Silver Thaw.

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Winners! And the results of our Survey

Well it’s been a pretty hectic couple of days, collating the results of our survey.  But first things first – winners!  We had fourteen books up for grabs, and we’ve searched our shelves and come up with a few more – so everyone’s a winner!  Congratulations ladies!  If you commented on our last post (29th December), then drop me a line at annie@annieclaydon.com to organise an address for postage, and we’ll drop your name into the hat to pair you up with one of our lovely authors, who will send you a book.

[Edit  (Sorry, blame last night’s party 🙂 )  I’ve already heard from some of the winners – thank you ladies – and I realise I should have posted a list of names.  Sharon, Jeanie, Lea, Charlotte, Susan Frank, Pam Lowery, Annie Burrows, Regencygirl01, Linda Hebb, Petro Grobelaar, Kaelee, Laney4, Julie and Amanda Gardener – thank you all for commenting and please do drop me a line.]

On to the survey.  We truly didn’t know what to expect, as this is the first time we’ve tried a survey at Love is the Best Medicine.  But we love to hear your opinions, so we thought we’d give it a go.

The results surpassed my own expectations, and I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who participated.  Each one of your opinions and comments has been heard and we’re very grateful that you took the time to tell us what you think.  We’ll leave the survey open for a while, so there’s still a chance to complete it if you haven’t already done so.  [Edit:  There’s a new page which can be accessed from the menu bar.]

Before I start, I’d like to say that we don’t claim that our results are representative of the majority of readers – although we’ve had a fabulous response over the last three days, we’d have to leave the poll running for much longer to get a statistically representative sample.  This is a straw poll, and the intention was to start a discussion rather than draw wider conclusions.  And it’s certainly done that!  Lots of interesting views have been expressed.

Only one answer was allowed to most of the questions so the survey was all about ‘first choices’.  Just because an option has scored low, it doesn’t mean it’s disliked or not taken into consideration – just that the majority of our respondents preferred one of the other options.  So here goes:-

Which of the following do you enjoy the most? (46 answers)
I prefer stand-alone stories                                                 54%
Linked stories from the same author                                   35%
Linked stories / continuities from a group of authors          11%

Which of the following is most important to you when choosing a book? (45 answers)
Plot                53%
Author           38%
Setting           9%

Which of the following settings do you prefer? (46 answers)
Country Town         37%
Hospital                  28%
City                         17%
Exotic                      17%

What is your favourite plot line (42 answers)
There was a wide variety of answers to this question.  The most popular themes (in order of preference) were Friends to Lovers, Secrets (of all kinds!), Reunions, Enemies to Lovers, Mysteries (with a medical theme), Guilt and obstacles from the past and Marriages re-united, but you also mentioned lots more. Many of you loved all of them. (I think I can add my vote to that!)

For the hero and heroine, do you prefer:- (45 answers)
A combination of medical and non-medical professionals      44%
A wide variety of different medical disciplines                         36%
At least one of them to be a doctor                                          18%
At least one of them to be a nurse                                             2%

Where do you buy your Medical Romance?  And what formats do you prefer?:- (46 answers)
This question allowed respondents to check more than one option (which is why the percentages don’t add up to 100 🙂 ).  47% said that they bought eBooks, and a total of 63% said they bought print books in one format or another.  47% buy single title paperbacks.   25% said that they bought 2 in 1 editions because they are a good introduction to new writers, and 25% said that cost effectiveness was a consideration in buying 2 in 1 editions.  6% only bought 2 in 1 editions if they already enjoyed both authors.  43% of you said that you visit the library, and 30% buy at Charity Shops or markets.

Some people obtained books in just one format, but the majority reported that they get books from a number of different sources, and in a range of different formats.

What level of heat do you most enjoy? (46 answers)
It depends on the story and characters – I’m happy with any heat level    46%
Sensual and sexy                                                                                         35%
Too hot to handle                                                                                         11%
A gentle simmer                                                                                             7%
I’d prefer to keep the bedroom door closed                                                 2%

Do you like to know the heat level before you start reading? (46 answers)
I don’t consider heat levels when choosing a book                 49%
I already have a pretty good idea from the cover / author       30%
I’d like to see books tagged to indicate heat levels                 21%

And finally, in addition to Medical Romance, what other Harlequin / Mills and Boon lines do you enjoy? (34 answers)
Wow!  Some of you answered that you enjoyed all of the lines, and many read widely over different lines.  When we totalled all the different lines listed, there were no clear winners.  You like them all! (I’m adding my vote to that, as well.)

The one thing that I’ve learned from the survey, is that none of our tastes are exactly the same, but that one thing we do agree on wholeheartedly is that we love romance!   Which is a great thought to enter the New Year on.  Happy New Year!