Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Romance Novels

A Decade Later…

I will admit, this anniversary kind of snuck up on me! I was chatting with someone who was asking how long I had been with Harlequin, then it hit me it’s 2023 and I sold in 2103. IT’S BEEN TEN YEARS!

It was 4 a.m. EST that I got an email from, my first editor, Suzanne asking me when it was a good time to call.

I never sat up so fast. I told her 9:30 a.m. EST was a good time. My young kids, they were 10, 7 and 3 at the time, would be at school. I could talk. (They are 20, 17 and almost 13 now!)

I had been working furiously on several rounds of revisions for months on Safe in His Hands. My critique partner, now medical author herself, Ann McIntosh was there with me every step of the way. We reversed roles the year she sold. LOL

The phone call was the one I had always dreamed about. I became a Harlequin author January 25, 2013. My debut released in September 2013.

Now, my 35th book Winning the Neonatal Doc’s Heart releases in April 2023…the month of my 45th birthday. Number 36 Nurse’s Pregnancy Surprise is slotted for June 2023 and I’m furiously working on my 37th…release date to be determined! 😉

It’s been a very rewarding ten years for my career and with Harlequin Medicals. My 5th book is where I signed my intrepid agent Scott…who is a huge listening board and plot partner. I saw my amazing CP of 17+ years Ann McIntosh sell. I’ve met so many amazing authors face-to-face. Working with so many talented authors.

I also worked with my fair share of awesome editors and I want to give them a huge shout out. Suzanne who bought me in 2013 and worked on my first two books. To Laura, who taught me so much and got me…she was the Canadian in the UK office. Sareeta who I didn’t get to work with as long as I wanted to. Julia who stood by me as I hit the milestone of 25! And now Laurie, who jumped right in the middle of a Caribbean Duet on book 2. I also have to thank the Medical editor in charge Sheila, for being amazing as always and everyone else behind the scenes.

And I am so thankful for all my fellow Medical Authors. Thanks for being so kind and helpful to me at the start and be an inspiration.

When I signed a new contract late last year, I was thrilled as usual. I get to write heroes and heroines that reflect my indigenous heritage and characters who are on the spectrum like me. I get to write more about the north, where my roots lie and the north is special to me, but I get to visit other places too.

It’s a dream.

Thanks for reading and I’ll get back to writing number 37…which is due end of February!

Also, I have a short in an antho coming out soon! Be sure to check it out here.

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Excerpt: Rules of their Fake Florida Fling

Six weeks, one wedding, no falling in love… Will the neurosurgeon and the anesthesiologist be able to stick to their rules and keep their sizzling attraction at bay? Rules of their Fake Florida Fling is available now, and you can read a short excerpt below!

“YOU REALIZE THREE other surgeons have turned this case away?”

“They weren’t me.” Dr. Asher Parks shrugged as he looked at the head of the surgery department, Dr. Levern. Asher wasn’t bragging—not really. Just being honest.

He was the best neurosurgeon at Mercy General. The best in Orlando, Florida…one of the best in the nation. He knew his skill set.

He’d chosen neurosurgery because it was complicated. In the academic world nearly everything had come easily…again not a brag, just a fact. Neurosurgery offered a challenge so many other things didn’t. And Asher loved a challenge.

This surgery was difficult…some had said impossible. An operation most neurosurgeons wouldn’t touch, and this was a competitive field. But it was a challenge Asher could meet; he was certain of it.

“A tumor in the spinal cavity. Definition of unlucky.” Dr. Levern flipped through the images on the tablet, clicking his tongue at the results.

Asher felt his nose scrunch and intentionally leaned back. It was unlucky. Statistically, nearly impossible. He understood this line of work required at least some compartmentalization of emotions. Dr. Levern didn’t mean anything by the throwaway comment, but there was a person on the other end of that “unlucky.”

Jason Mendez. Twenty, barely more than a teenager, with a full life in front of him. He should be worrying about college, or starting a career, or dating. There were so many things one looked forward to at twenty, before adult realities sneaked in. A tumor had ripped that “normal” away.

Unlucky indeed.

“It’s grown by three centimeters in the last six months.” Asher rocked back on his heels, trying to keep the frustration at bay. A tumor in the spinal cavity was dangerous. The surgery would take at least six hours, assuming everything went well. Three other surgeons had looked at the location of the tumor and told the patient to prepare for the end.

But Asher wasn’t ready to concede to the fates. Jason knew the risks, knew that a single slip could paralyze him. Knew that if the tumor had any attachments not currently seen on the images, removing it completely might not be possible. Since it was cancerous, that would buy him time, but not forever.

Jason understood he might not make it through the surgery. That was always a risk, but, when dealing with neurosurgery, the risks were even higher. Still, as Jason had told him, he was already under a death sentence. May as well give it a go.

And Dr. Asher Parks was more than willing to give it a go. In fact he planned to do this flawlessly. Perfection!

Dr. Levern clicked his tongue again. It was a tell every surgeon in the hospital knew. It meant the head of surgery was leaning toward yes and trying to convince himself it was the right choice.

“Think of the prestige the hospital will get for doing this.” Asher kept his voice upbeat even though the words tasted like dirt. He hated it that hospitals took prestige into their calculation matrix for high-risk cases. He may have chosen medicine because it was a challenge, but saving lives was supposed to be the purpose.

And it was for most doctors. But hospital administration was a different beast. All spreadsheets, profit margins and dividends. Unfortunately that was the beast Dr. Levern had to answer to.

“You’ll write a paper? Answer any questions, if they’re asked? Interviews, if necessary.”

“Of course.” Asher could see the mental calculations of at least a hospital-organized local press release and a medical journal publication coalescing into the affirmative. It shouldn’t matter, but that wasn’t the way life worked. And for his patients, he’d do anything.

“And you’ll have to have the best team for this. They’ll need to sign off on participating.” He tapped a pen against his desk. “It’s high risk and…”

“Understood.” Asher wanted to pump his fist, but he kept his pose professional. This was going to be approved. Jason would get the surgery, and Asher would wield the scalpel. If anyone balked, well, most of the hospital owed him at least one favor for stepping out on a limb for them.

“That includes Dr. Miller.” Dr. Levern handed him back the tablet.

“Of course.” This reply was more subdued, but Asher kept the smile on his face. “Dr. Miller and I get along fine.” That was a bit of a stretch, but Dr. Levern didn’t push him on it.

Leaving Dr. Levern’s office, Asher went in search of Rory Miller. Better to talk to her before word trickled out. He might need a bit of time to get her on his side.

He and Rory tolerated each other. They worked well together, but their personalities were diametrically opposed. He was a jokester, had to find some way to expel the stress, while she was commonly called the Rock of Mercy. She was great at her job, cared about her patients. Listened.

And the woman never flinched, never worried in surgery, never showed any emotion.

Unless it was annoyance with Dr. Parks! They’d lived next to each other for almost five years, worked together for six, and yet he wasn’t sure he’d ever seen the woman smile.

Not that he hadn’t tried. It was his secret personal project. Six years with no success, every attempt expertly rebuffed. All work and no play for the Rock. But Asher was persistent. One day he’d find the crack…

He’d met the anesthesiologist at the new-employee orientation. Sitting next to the fiery redhead with piercing green eyes should have been the highlight of his morning. Their safety presentation had been drier than dry. The monotone of the instructor made most of the assembled employees yawn.

He’d leaned over and made some joke…something lost to the fog of time now. And Rory had looked horrified; that he hadn’t forgotten. Her jade eyes flashing as she shook her head. The drop of his stomach as the beautiful doctor judged him…and found him lacking.

New Releases

January New Releases!

Happy New Year! I can’t believe it’s 2023.

And to start the new year off right, we have a bunch of new releases for you.

Congrats to Juliette Hyland on her 10th book and Traci Douglass on her 15th!

The Vet, the Pup and the Paramedic by Tina Beckett

Is home a place…

or a person?

Vet Jessie Swinton wants one thing: to forget her ex the minute that she arrives in her new home, Santa Medina. But whilst the small town is the perfect place to start over, it’s not the Sierra Nevada mountains that Jessie finds solace in—it’s paramedic Cabe McBride and his adorable pup! He understands her fear of heartbreak better than anybody else. So why does Cabe also tempt Jessie to give love a second chance?

The GP’s Royal Secret by Traci Douglass

Reunited in the Mediterranean…

Bound by her revelation…

Taking a locum position aboard a luxury yacht, GP Cate is stunned to come face-to-face with her ex, Prince Davian. She now has the chance to tell him her biggest secret—she had his child! When they were medical residents, Davian kept his identity hidden and, duty-bound, left without saying goodbye. As they set sail, old flames reignite and their passion takes over…but can they cope with the pressures of their new royal reality?

Single Mom’s New Year Wish by Sue MacKay

Swept off her feet…

…and into his arms!

Single mom Claire will do anything for her daughter. But when her Christmas wish is the one thing Claire can’t give—a cuddle from the daddy she’s never known—Claire’s devastated. Until a new colleague, nurse Nicolas, goes above and beyond to make this their best festive season ever. After his divorce, Nicolas doesn’t believe in happy-ever-after, yet his connection with Claire is unexpected—and undeniable! This New Year, can he make all their wishes come true?

Rules of Their Fake Florida Fling by Juliette Hyland

Rules can be broken…

Can hearts be mended?

Hotshot neurosurgeon Asher needs cool, controlled anesthesiologist Rory on his team. The only problem? While Rory can’t deny his skill, she finds his carefree attitude infuriating. So when Asher learns Rory is a bridesmaid for her sister—whose groom is her ex-fiancé!—Asher proposes a pretend fling in return for her expertise. The terms are simple: six weeks, one wedding, no falling in love. Easier said than done when their attraction becomes anything but fake…

Pregnant with the Secret Prince’s Babies by Deanne Anders

A twin surprise…

A royal shock!

There is no doubt about it—Nurse Summer Nelson is pregnant with twins! The pile of positive pregnancy tests is proof of that. But whilst Summer is prepared for how two children will change her life, she isn’t prepared for Dr. Alex Leonelli’s reaction. Summer thought their relationship was unshakable until Alex’s revelation shakes her world beyond compare…because it turns out Alex is a prince, and their babies will be his royal heirs!

Miracle Twins for the Midwife by Louisa Heaton

New job, new year…

…new babies!

Midwife Natalie arrives in New York determined to focus on her new job, a fresh beginning. She may never have her own children, but her life will be full of babies. Yet, a New Year’s kiss leads to a spontaneous night that changes everything. Because the stranger she felt instantly connected to turns out to be her colleague, closed off Dr. Henry. And shockingly, she has to tell him she’s pregnant—with their miracle twins!

Happy Reading!

Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Romance Novels

Wrapping Up (and more!)

It’s the end of 2022 already.

Where did the time go? Part of me thinks I just blinked, and the year is gone. Another part of me, though, is glad it’s over, not gonna lie. There have been some good times for me in 2022, and some really not so good.

On the good side:

  1. I released 4 books with the Medicals line this year (including my latest, THE GP’S ROYAL SECRET, which releases on 12/27). That’s a first for me, four books in twelve months, and wow. That’s a lotta words… 🤓📚✍️

2. I started a secret pen name to publish queer romance, mainly MM and Ace/Demi stuff. So far, I’ve got 6 novellas and 3 holiday novels out under that name with more to come in 2023. I’ll share the website here if you wanna check that out: http://www.tsankney.com 🏳️‍🌈

3. I started a new job as an editor for Level 4 Press in California, and I’m loving the work. ❤️

On the bad side:

  1. At the end of March 2022, I lost my job unexpectedly. This led to about three months of scariness as I scrambled to find new work. In the end, it all came together well and I’m in a good place again, but man. That was hard. 😵‍💫🫠
  2. I got COVID. Ugh. Zero stars. Do not recommend. 🤒
  3. During my stress-filled months of job searching I somehow hurt my hip. Don’t ask me how because to this day I don’t know. Don’t remember any injuries or anything. Just went to bed one night and woke up the next morning with shooting pains in my leg. Now, I used to dance professionally when I was younger, so arthritis was an inevitability, but for it to happen so fast… Anyway, I’m still working on that, but one of my goals in 2023 is to lose some weight, get back in shape, and get my mobility back again!🏃‍♀️

So, yeah. 2022. Like I said, some good, some bad, but I’m ready to move on already. LOL!

Now, I mentioned above that I have a new release at the end of this month (12/27). THE GP’S ROYAL SECRET was written smack in the middle of my frantic-job-search haze, so it’s basically pure fluff. I needed low-angst then and loaded the book up with all sorts of fairytale warm-fuzzies because of my craving for escape. It’s got luxury yachts, fabulous locations, beautiful scenery, a secret prince, a strong single mom, and lots of sizzling chemistry. Think Below Decks Mediterranean (BravoTV) meets Princess Diaries with some ER thrown in for fun, and you have this book. If that sounds like your cup of tea, then please check it out at the link below after this fun little excerpt:

“Classic latex allergy. They often developed after repeated exposures and in some cases could become life-threatening, as appeared to be the case here. You never knew when someone might have a bad reaction, which was why Cate never used latex gloves in her practice. But she’d never lost a patient before and wasn’t about to start now.

She focused on the patient again, as she dug into her bag for the EpiPen she always kept stashed there for emergencies. A quick dose of epinephrine into an anaphylactic patient helped them recover much faster. “Someone please call 112 and have an ambulance ready to take this crew member to the hospital in Gibraltar. And does anyone else here have basic medical training to assist me?”

“I do,” a man said, the voice deep and oddly familiar. “I’m a doctor as well.”

He weaved through the crowd on the bridge and knelt opposite Cate. She hazarded a glance up at the new arrival and…

Oh, God! No. It couldn’t be.

And yet, it was. The man who’d disappeared from her life five years ago. ”

In the latest Harlequin Medical Romance by Traci Douglass, a GP is unexpectedly reunited with her prince and the father of her child…but will their reunion in the Mediterranean be able to overcome the pressures of parenthood and royal life?

Reunited in the Mediterranean…

Bound by her revelation…

Taking a locum position aboard a luxury yacht, GP Cate is stunned to come face-to-face with her ex, Prince Davian. She now has the chance to tell him her biggest secret—she had his child! When they were medical residents, Davian kept his identity hidden and, duty-bound, left without saying goodbye. As they set sail, old flames reignite and their passion takes over…but can they cope with the pressures of their new royal reality?

Also, there will be an exclusive online short read connected to this story on the Harlequin website this month (12/21) that’s a prequel scene to THE GP’S ROYAL SECRET, called THE SECRET PRINCE’S CHRISTMAS WISH, if you’d like to check that out as well! 👑

Until next time, Happy Merry Bright and Sparkly, and I’ll see you in 2023! 🎅🎄⛄️❄️🎁


The LOVE IS THE BEST MEDICINE blog will be taking a two-week break after today for the Christmas and New Years holidays. We’ll be back in January 2023!

New Releases

December New Releases!

Can you believe that it’s December?? 2022 is almost over. It’s kind of surreal. That year went by super fast. In December there’s an awesome tradition December 24th to celebrate  Jólabókaflóðið or Christmas Eve Book Flood. How fun does that sound?

So I have a bunch of books that you curl up with to have your own little book flood (including mine this month!)…also essential is chocolate! Yum!

A huge congratulations to our milestone authors Rachel Dove with her 5th book and Ann McIntosh with her 15th! Congratulations!

Snowed In with the Surgeon by Scarlet Wilson

Stranded for Christmas…

Will he capture her heart?

Dr. Paige is a straight-talking, sassy Scot who desperately needs a break from the demands of a big city hospital. But when she’s thrown into a major incident and subsequently snowbound with sexy, adrenaline-fueled surgeon Stefan, any possibility of getting her head straight is swept away. Paige can’t deny the sizzling hot chemistry as they work together, but what will happen when the snow melts and they have to face their demons back in the real world?

Single Mom’s Mistletoe Kiss by Rachel Dove

In the last of the Carey Cove Midwives stories, an arrival of a new midwife could be the missing piece in Marnie’s family. Find out what happens in the latest Harlequin Medical Romance by Rachel Dove. 

Will the newest arrival…

complete her miracle family?

When midwife Marnie held her baby for the first time, she knew that a lifetime of Christmas wishes had been granted. But that doesn’t make being a single parent any easier. So, new midwife Ash’s support is invaluable—and his kiss is unexpectedly magical! But, as they count down to Christmas together, Marnie realizes that she has one more wish to make: for Ash to stay.

From Harlequin Medical: Life and love in the world of modern medicine.

Carey Cove Midwives

 Book 1: Christmas with the Single Dad Doc by Annie O’Neil
Book 2: Festive Fling to Forever by Karin Baine
Book 3: Christmas Miracle on Their Doorstep by Ann McIntosh
Book 4: Single Mom’s Mistletoe Kiss by Rachel Dove

Saving Christmas for the ER Doc by Kate Hardy

The greatest gift…

…a fresh start!

With her children grown up, Dr. Rachel is putting her old life—and cheating ex-husband—behind her, starting with a new job in the ER. Christmas is Rachel’s favorite season, unlike her boss, Dr. Tim, who dreads it after the loss of his wife. But in helping him to rediscover the joy of Christmas, their connection becomes closer than either ever intended. Could this most festive season bring them a whole new chance at happiness together? 

Resisting the Single Dad Next Door by Louisa George

New doc in town?


Carly lost her husband years ago and it’s finally time to move on from the beautiful island they called home. Until she meets new neighbour, GP Owen and his adorable son. Carly hasn’t felt sparks like this in a long time, but Owen’s still reeling from his ex-wife’s abandonment. Since neither can commit to anything long-term, she must resist their undeniable attraction—but that’s easier said than done after he kisses her under the stars!

Paramedic’s One-Night Baby Bombshell by Amy Ruttan

Can an unexpected baby…

   …heal two broken hearts?

Widow Dr. Jo York seizes the chance to escape to a small island town. That’s adventurous enough, but her uncharacteristic one-night stand with gorgeous paramedic Henrik exceeds expectations! And so do the consequences… Jo has always dreamed of being a mother, but never thought she’d have children. If discovering she’s pregnant rocks her well-ordered world, what will it do to guarded, no-strings Henrik when she tells him, I’m pregnant. And the baby’s yours…?

Christmas Miracle on Their Doorstep by Ann McIntosh

An unexpected delivery…
…will change their lives forever!

Discovering a baby girl left on the doorstep of Carey House immediately ignites Dr. Theo Turner’s and midwife Nya Ademi’s protective instincts! But caring for this precious infant together has Nya suddenly seeing her old friend in a different light. Are they prepared to put their bruised hearts—and years of friendship—on the line to claim the second chance they both so deserve?

From Harlequin Medical: Life and love in the world of modern medicine.

Carey Cove Midwives

 Book 1: Christmas with the Single Dad Doc by Annie O’Neil
Book 2: Festive Fling to Forever by Karin Baine
Book 3: Christmas Miracle on Their Doorstep by Ann McIntosh
Book 4: Single Mom’s Mistletoe Kiss by Rachel Dove

So do you think you’ll try out the Icelandic Book Flood? I am! Have a safe rest of 2022.

Happy Reading!

New Releases

November New Releases!

Happy November! Is it me, or did October just fly by?

We have a bunch of brand new releases for you this month!

We also have a huge milestone to celebrate! Congratulations to Alison Roberts on her 105th book!

The Prince’s One-Night Baby by Juliette Hyland

The prince is shocked when he unexpectedly meets the beautiful midwife again, but he’s yet to find out the biggest surprise of all… Find out what happens in this captivating royal romance by Juliette Hyland.   

A passionate encounter…

…with royal consequences!

Meeting midwife Calla on his flight home makes Dr. Kostas’s long journey far more exciting. Especially when their instant attraction leads to a red-hot layover! But Kostas can offer only one night of pure passion. Because, unbeknownst to Calla, he’s also a prince—with no intention of inflicting the pressures of royal life on anyone again. So it’s a shock to discover they’ll be colleagues at his new clinic…and an even bigger shock is heading their way…

The Doctor’s Christmas Homecoming by Alison Roberts

In the latest Harlequin Medical Romance by Alison Roberts, will the doctor’s fake-boyfriend-for-Christmas ruse end in their happy-ever-after?

When running from her past…

…leads to an unexpected future!

ER specialist Dr. Matilda Dawson is returning home. Her father is sick, and she’s determined to prove she’s settled and happy by accepting colleague Dr. Harry Doyle’s offer to come, too—as her “pretend” boyfriend! Harry has left his roots behind him, so with nowhere to go this year, Christmas with Matilda’s family could be fun! Except when the lines blur, feelings they didn’t believe were possible make this homecoming hard to walk away from…

Snowbound with Her Off-Limits GP by Annie Claydon

In this heartwarming Harlequin Medical Romance by Annie Claydon, the connection between two heartbroken doctors heats up when they’re unexpectedly snowbound together…

As the snow starts to fall…
…their connection heats up!

Since she was forced to cancel her own wedding, Dr. Eloise Grant knows “I do” can’t guarantee love or happiness. So celebrating her grandfather’s upcoming marriage at his beautiful Norfolk manor house is bittersweet. Especially as it involves meeting dark, equally hurt and brooding GP Sam Douglas. Yet when a blizzard sees them snowbound and working together, the connection between them quickly goes from frosty to flirtatious!

Festive Fling to Forever by Karin Baine

Is this midwife ready to risk her heart on a daredevil helicopter paramedic? Find out in the latest Carey Cove Midwives story for Harlequin Medical Romance by Karin Baine.

The paramedic’s return…

…could turn her world upside down!

Daredevil helicopter paramedic Roman Callahan storms back into midwife Sophie’s sheltered life ten years after he left. The unquestionable chemistry between them is still there, and giving in to a one-off fling is inevitable. But after Christmas, he’s due to leave again… Sophie has spent a lifetime protecting her heart. Is what they share worth taking her first ever risk on?

From Harlequin Medical: Life and love in the world of modern medicine.

Carey Cove Midwives

 Book 1: Christmas with the Single Dad Doc by Annie O’Neil
Book 2: Festive Fling to Forever by Karin Baine
Book 3: Christmas Miracle on Their Doorstep by Ann McIntosh
Book 4: Single Mom’s Mistletoe Kiss by Rachel Dove

Christmas with the Single Dad Doc by Annie O’Neil

n the first story of the Carey Cove Midwives quartet by Annie O’Neil, a midwife is determined to bring the magic of Christmas back into the life of a single dad and his son! 

Can she prove to him…

…the magic of Christmas still exists?

Determined to forget her cheating ex, Kiara moves to a new job in Cornwall. She intends to throw herself into her favorite things: Christmas and midwifery! Working closely with widower GP Dr. Lucas and meeting his little son, Harry, make Kiara long to bring festive cheer ­into their quiet lives. But she doesn’t expect an innocent mistletoe kiss with this off-limits single dad to change everything…

From Harlequin Medical: Life and love in the world of modern medicine.

Carey Cove Midwives

 Book 1: Christmas with the Single Dad Doc by Annie O’Neil
Book 2: Festive Fling to Forever by Karin Baine
Book 3: Christmas Miracle on Their Doorstep by Ann McIntosh
Book 4: Single Mom’s Mistletoe Kiss by Rachel Dove

A Mistletoe Kiss in Manhattan by Traci Douglass

Can a magical Christmas kiss in Manhattan melt the icy heart of the surgeon? Escape to New York for the holidays with the latest Harlequin Medical Romance by Traci Douglass.

The surgeon grinch who stole…

…her heart!

Tasked with granting a sick child a special Christmas wish, ER nurse Emma Trudeau can think of no better person to help her pull it off than wealthy New York cardiothoracic surgeon Thad Markson. His reputation as a real-life grinch precedes him, but Emma is undeterred! And as much as Thad tries to resist Emma’s persuasive charms, it’s not long before she begins to melt his icy heart—with a magical kiss…

Happy Reading!

Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Romance Novels

Exclusive Excerpt: A Mistletoe Kiss in Manhattan

Hi All!

Here in North America it is the height of Autumn and the leaves are turning brilliant colors. There’s a chill in the air and the possibility of the first snowflakes where I live as soon as a few days from now. And while we haven’t even celebrated Halloween yet, my next release is coming out November 1st and it’s a holiday Medicals!

A Mistletoe Kiss in Manhattan is a spin on the old Grinch retelling with a grumpy surgeon and a sunshine nurse thrown together to make a sick child’s Christmas wish come true. I had a ball writing this one and hope you love Emma and Thad’s story as much as I go.

To get you into the holiday mood a little early, please enjoy this exclusive excerpt from the book:

Thad scrubbed down again, then returned to the locker room to change. It had been a long night, and a glance at his Omega watch showed it was well into the morning hours now. All he wanted was a hot shower and a long sleep. But what he found, waiting in front of his locker, was a smiling woman wearing a bright green sweater with a reindeer on the front, looking like she’d stepped off the front of a greeting card. For a second, Thad wondered if he’d slipped into some kind of glycemic hallucination without knowing it.
“Dr. Markson,” she said, cheerful as one of Santa’s elves, setting Thad’s teeth on edge. She seemed vaguely familiar to him, but he couldn’t place from where and didn’t want to bother at that point. It had been a grueling day and he just wanted to go home.
“How did you get in here?” he said, moving past her to his locker. “Only hospital staff are allowed in this area. I could have you arrested for trespassing.”
Seemingly undeterred by his churlishness, she continued to smile. “I work here, Dr. Markson. Emma Trudeau.” She held out a hand to him, which he promptly ignored. “I’m a nurse in the emergency department here at Manhattan West. We’ve worked a couple of cases together in the ER.”
Well, that explained the familiarity then. Thad turned away to begin pulling out his clothes. “What do you want?”
Most people, when confronted with his brusque manner, either scurried away or simply gave up. It both impressed and irritated him that this petite woman did neither. He did not have the time or patience for this tonight. Normally, Thad would never disrobe in front of a stranger, but given she seemed to have no qualms about invading his personal boundaries, he gave little regard to hers and pulled off his scrub shirt, leaving him bare-chested.
“I…” She stopped when his shirt came off, her bright smile fading a little as her cheeks heated. Then she looked away fast and cleared her throat, her perky tone back in place. “I’ve been put in charge of the hospital’s holiday charity event this year, our Wish Star Program.”
“My condolences.”
His sarcasm bounced off her like sunlight off an icicle and she continued unfazed. “As part of my preplanning I was tasked with finding a partner to help me with the event. Someone whose qualities would complement my own and help to make this year’s Wish Star Program the best one ever.”
Thad paused in the middle of buttoning his dress shirt to stare at her, one brow raised. He didn’t like where this was headed one bit. “And that has anything to do with me how?”
“I’ve chosen you to be my partner.” She beamed at him like that was some kind of honor. In other circumstances, Thad might have found her attractive, might have said her smile was nice. Very nice. Now it was one more nuisance he didn’t need.
“No.” He undid the tie at the waist of his scrub pants. “And unless you’d like a full strip show, I suggest you turn around.”
Her wide dark eyes flickered down to his lower half then back up before she swiftly pivoted away, her cheeks pink again. Thad couldn’t say the last time he’d met a woman who blushed. Would’ve been endearing if this whole situation wasn’t so annoying. The pump at his lower back beeped a notification, signaling he needed to eat soon. He quickly pulled on his suit pants and tucked in his shirt before zipping up and buckling his Italian leather belt. He did not have time for this nonsense.
“No?” she asked, the word emerging as more of a squeak from where she faced away from him.
“No,” Thad repeated as he sat down to put on his shoes. With her turned away, he had a chance to assess her. Slim, with a slight curviness to her hips and behind. Long dark hair, braided neatly, hanging down her back. For a second he wondered if those braids felt as soft as they looked before he shoved that silliness aside. He was exhausted and hungry, that’s all. “I have neither the time nor the interest to participate in your little project, Nurse…”
“Trudeau,” she said, a tad firmer this time. “Emma Trudeau.”
Thad took a deep breath, then tugged on his suit coat and grabbed his phone before closing his locker and tossing his dirty scrubs into a biohazard laundry bin nearby before heading for the exit. She probably wanted money. That seemed to be the most common “quality” people saw in him. “I’ll write you a check. How much?”
“Excuse me?” she said, following him.
“If it’s over a hundred thousand, it will take longer because I’ll have to go through my accountants to liquidate some assets.” Thad walked out into the brightly lit hall and toward the elevators, not slowing down for her at all. “If it’s under that amount, I’ll have someone drop off a check tomorrow. Who should I make it out to? The hospital or the charity?”
“I don’t want your money, Dr. Markson,” Nurse Trudeau said, waiting with him at the elevators. She was harder to shake than a two-ton snow globe. Her voice held an edge of steel now, her posture stiffer. “I want your help with this project. The planning, the preparing, the execution.”
Thad sighed, staring at the metal doors in front of him. “And I’ve told you what I can do.” “No, you haven’t.” She stepped a little closer, invading his personal space, a hint of her spicy-sweet scent surrounding him. “Dr. Markson, I realize this might be a foreign concept to a man such as yourself, but sometimes actual physical participation is a good thing.”
Thad scowled. “Physical participation?”
“Being present. Being involved. That’s what I mean. Getting your hands dirty.”
The elevator dinged and Thad hurried onboard, hoping to get away from his new, bothersome shadow, but no such luck. The woman followed him onto the elevator, then shut the doors on them, effectively locking him inside with her. “I need your help. I’ve already discussed it with the HR director and the chief of staff in a meeting earlier and they agree it would be good for you to participate. You have connections within the city to get this done quickly, and that’s what I need. The wish is due on Christmas Eve, so only a month away. That’s not long to help a child in need.”
Again with Christmas. Why was it haunting him this year? He stared at his reflection in the mirrored wall of the compartment across from him. Connections. She wanted his connections. Of course she did. Thad had learned from a young age that wealth meant power, and power brought out the worst in people. Everyone wanted something from him, even if it was just to disappear off the face of the earth, like his own father had. Well, Thad was through granting favors.
“A check. That’s the extent of my offer to you, Nurse Trudeau. Take it or leave it. I have time for nothing else.”
They arrived at the lobby and the doors opened. Thad walked out with Nurse Trudeau on his heels and headed toward the side exit, past the atrium. As he passed the Christmas tree, he found himself herded toward a small crowd gathered there, with lights blazing and cameras whirring.
“What the—?” He tried to pull free of Nurse Trudeau’s grip on his arm but found her harder to evade than he’d first guessed. “Unhand me!”
She let him go then, her smile back in place as they faced Dr. John Franklin and Jane Ayashi from HR.
“I’d like to file a formal complaint against this woman.” He pointed at Nurse Trudeau. “She’s been accosting me since I left the OR about some charity thing I want nothing to do with.”
“Later,” John said, nudging Thad to turn around and face the crowd. A lectern had been set up in front of them. “After the press conference.”
“Press conference?” Thad’s voice grew louder than the blood pounding in his ears. He felt out of control at that moment and hated it. “I’m not doing any press conference. I’ve not agreed to anything. My time is too valuable to waste on toy shopping or pizza parties.” He glared over at Nurse Trudeau, who now stood shoulder to shoulder with him as they formed a line behind the lectern. “And you can forget about the check now, too.”
“Never wanted it in the first place,” she shot back, her gaze straight ahead, her smile firm. “Help, Dr. Markson. You’re going to help me, and help a sick child, whether you like it or not. It’ll be good for you.”
“How dare you—” Thad blustered, only to be cut off by Dr. Franklin stepping up to the lectern.
“Thank you all for coming,” Dr. Franklin said, his deep voice echoing through the atrium like a herald of angels on high. “Our two Manhattan representatives, Nurse Emma Trudeau and Dr. Thaddeus Markson, are partnering this year to make one lucky child’s holiday wish come true on behalf of Manhattan West General Hospital. Nurse Trudeau, if you’d like to select a wish star…”
All eyes turned to the woman beside Thad, and she swallowed hard. Was she suddenly nervous? Good. Thad hoped she was after putting him through all this. He lived like a hermit for a reason and that was to avoid situations exactly like this one. How dare she impose herself like this on him? Who did she think she was?
He watched as she stepped up to the massive tree in the atrium. The thing had to be at least thirty feet high to reach the top. And the lower third was covered with stars handmade by kids in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit here at Manhattan West. All colors and sizes and shapes of wrapping paper and glitter-covered cardboard. Thad’s chest constricted even more, this time from painful memories of creating a star like this himself when he’d been little. Not that he’d needed charity, but his caregivers had insisted he make one anyway…
In an instant he was back in that cold, lonely hospital room, staring out the window at the snow falling and wishing he was anywhere else but there…
Applause broke out as Nurse Trudeau selected a star, jarring Thad back to the present.
She walked over to Dr. Franklin at the lectern.
“Which child’s is it?” one of the reporters asked. “What did they wish for?”
Nurse Trudeau stepped up to the microphone. “This year’s Wish Star recipient is Ricky Lynch,” she said. “He’s nine and he’s got a brain tumor.” She blinked down at the star in her hands. From where Thad stood he could see the painstakingly neatly printed bold block letters. “He wants a carnival, with free candy and games and a carousel, for all the kids in the Manhattan West Pediatric Intensive Care Unit to ride.”
The words slowly penetrated the fog of adrenaline in Thad’s brain. Oh God. A carnival?
He’d wished for something similar on his star all those years ago. A tiny pinch pricked from the center of Thad’s chest, somewhere in the vicinity of his heart.
No. No, no, no.
He refused to allow his past to rule over him again. He’d spent far too long locking it away where it belonged. And certainly not for some woman who’d bamboozled him into this whole situation in the first place.
Not happening.
Cameras clicked and reporters shouted more questions at them, but Thad didn’t care about any of it. He only cared about getting out of there and away from all of this horrible mess and even more so away from the woman who was now standing beside him again, smiling and holding his arm like he was a willing participant in all this. Worst of all, it felt nice, her touching him. Oddly comforting. As if he wasn’t alone anymore, as he’d been alone so long. And that’s when he knew he needed to leave. Now.
With more force than was probably necessary, Thad yanked free and walked away from the crowd, ignoring the calls of his name behind him. All he wanted was to get back to the safety of his town house, get away from these people, get locked away in his study and never come out again. He was Thad Markson, of the New York Marksons, and he did not have time to deal with organizing a charity event or making a kid’s wish come true or the most annoyingly attractive woman he’d met in years. Maybe ever.
“Dr. Markson,” Nurse Trudeau called after him, but he was already out the door.
Bah humbug indeed.

If you enjoyed this excerpt, please check out A Mistletoe Kiss in Manhattan at the link below and until next time, Happy Reading!

Can a magical Christmas kiss in Manhattan melt the icy heart of the surgeon? Escape to New York for the holidays with the latest Harlequin Medical Romance by Traci Douglass.

The surgeon grinch who stole…

…her heart!

Tasked with granting a sick child a special Christmas wish, ER nurse Emma Trudeau can think of no better person to help her pull it off than wealthy New York cardiothoracic surgeon Thad Markson. His reputation as a real-life grinch precedes him, but Emma is undeterred! And as much as Thad tries to resist Emma’s persuasive charms, it’s not long before she begins to melt his icy heart—with a magical kiss…

Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Romance Novels, New Releases

October New Releases!

Happy October! Here the leaves are turning and falling, though it’s still fairly mild. I can deal with sunny warm autumn days.

We have some great new releases this month!

Congratulations to Tina Beckett on her 45th book!

Stranded with the Paramedic by Sue MacKay

In this latest Medical Romance by Sue MacKay, a paramedic and a doctor have no choice but to wait out a storm together when it hits. But can their moments of passion turn into forever?

It started with a storm…

Will it end in forever?

Brooke Williams is taking control of her life. The only thing this paramedic can’t control? The weather! So as her beachside break is struck by torrential rain, she finds herself helping injured residents alongside intriguing Doctor Danny Collins. Their chemistry is instant and soon they can’t resist waiting out the storm—between the sheets! But Danny’s holding something back and honesty is nonnegotiable for Brooke. Dare she risk her heart for a chance at happy-ever-after?

Marriage Reunion in the ER by Emily Forbes

Will the trauma surgeon be able to convince his estranged wife to start over again? Find out in the gripping final installment of the Bondi Beach Medics quartet by Emily Forbes.

One chance…
…to win back his wife!

Locking eyes over a patient isn’t how ER doctor Lily expected to be reunited with her estranged husband, Otto. Two years ago, she lost their baby and fled to Sydney, unable to share her grief. And as far as Lily’s concerned, their marriage is all but over. Yet trauma surgeon Otto is ready to fight for their relationship. Now he has three months to convince Lily they can make a fresh start…

From Harlequin Medical: Life and love in the world of modern medicine.

Bondi Beach Medics

Book 1: Rescuing the Paramedic’s Heart
Book 2: A Gift to Change His Life
Book 3: The Perfect Mother for His Son
Book 4: Marriage Reunion in the ER

How to Resist the Single Dad by JC Harroway

Will one stolen kiss with the single dad doc be enough to melt the GP trainee’s resistance? Find out in the latest Medical Romance by JC Harroway.

Her plan is simple:
Fight temptation!

GP trainee Stella Wright left the idyllic Cotswold village she grew up in, never planning to return…especially not to train at the local practice under Dr. Aaron Bennett. Now, being back is the least of her problems! Aaron is stoic, sexy and a single father, exactly the type of man Stella refuses to get involved with again. Only, one stolen kiss is enough to drive all efforts of resistance from her mind!

Dr. Finlay’s Courageous Bride by Marion Lennox

In this emotional read by award-winning author Marion Lennox, the nurse’s courage might just be enough to save them both!

The courage to say “I do”

Could save them both…

With a heavy heart, Sydney surgeon Rab tells residents that Cockatoo Valley must be sold. He can only inherit the land if he marries within six weeks. To save the town and the hospital that has become her sanctuary, scarred nurse Mia courageously offers to marry him for just one year! Until Rab’s kind eyes and heart-lifting smile make her dare to wish that one year could be the beginning of a lifetime together…

A Family Made in Paradise by Tina Beckett

All they needed was his arrival…they just don’t know it yet! Join this newfound family in paradise in the latest heartwarming read by Tina Beckett.

His arrival…
…makes paradise perfect!

Single mom and nurse Rachel Palmer is certain life couldn’t have any obstacles left to throw at her…until she is unexpectedly forced to work with ex-fling, Dr. Sebastien Deslaurier, again! Under pressure, there’s no time to think about the mutual passion that should have stayed in their past. But when Rachel watches Seb become the father figure her daughter never had, will she start thinking about their future—as a family?

A Date with Her Best Friend by Louisa Heaton

What happens when sparks begin to fly on the dance floor between a firefighter and her best friend? Find out in the latest Medical Romance by Louisa Heaton.

Can a fake date—

change everything?

Paramedic and single dad Tom is gorgeous, but to Cara, he’s simply her best friend. So when she needs a pretend date for her meddling father’s fundraising ball, Cara knows exactly who to call! Yet when learning to dance together in preparation, is it her imagination or is there suddenly a spark between them? Firefighter Cara knows she can’t replace the wife Tom lost, but deep down, she’s always loved him and his son. Is Tom beginning to feel the same?

Happy Reading!

Excerpts, Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Romance Novels

The Prince’s One-Night Baby – Excerpt

Who loves a royal romance? Me!!! I love writing royal romances and am so excited to share my first royal medical romance, The Prince’s One-Night Baby!, out October 25th.

Enjoy this brief excerpt:

There’d been a photographer sitting in a car when she’d first arrived, and more had appeared in the last hour. In Seattle, she’d occasionally seen journalists and photographers at the hospital, but never near the maternity wing, and usually only after a terrible accident.

“Waiting for our new OB.” Alexa let out a sigh as she looked out the window. “A few of them camped out back there, too. Guess they want to make sure they covered all potential entrances.”

“Did he work as a movie star at some point?” Calla chuckled as she looked up. The nurse’s stare cut the sound out of her throat. “Seriously, he was in the movies?”

“No.” Alexa looked at her and crossed her arms. “Did they really not tell you that you’d be working with King Ioannis’s little brother? Prince Kostas?”

“Kostas?” Her throat went dry as she processed the name. No way her Kostas was a prince. He would have said something…right?

Uncertainty pooled through her. Would he have told her? Their physical connection had been deep, electric, magical, but they’d not actually spoken of where they were going.

She’d called this an adventure and he’d only said he was going home. And that he wasn’t looking forward to his family’s expectations…

No. That didn’t mean anything. Far too many people had family expectations that were overburdening.

She and Kostas hadn’t shared too much, but that was a protective measure, one to guard their hearts as the heat between them burned but didn’t allow for any future. At least, that was how Calla viewed it and had assumed it was the same for him.

But what if was something else?

It had taken Liam almost a year before he’d told her how much wealth his family had. He’d claimed other girlfriends had used him for his family’s money.

She chewed on her lower lip. Surely, her Kostas, the man she’d spent the most passionate day of her life with, wasn’t a prince. It was just a name.

If he looks half as good as he did at his brother’s coronation, then he could be in the movies. But Palaío’s Prodigal Prince chose medicine.” The tinge of annoyance at the words Prodigal Prince sounded almost maternal. As if Alexa understood the desire but couldn’t quite countenance the choice the royal had made.

“Where was he working before?”

“Some city in the US. Starts with sea…” Alexa tapped her finger against her chin. “Sea—”

“Seattle.” Calla set the tablet down as she leaned against the desk.

“That’s it!” Alexa stated.

Kostas. Her mouth was dry. Kostas was here. Her heart hammered as she tried to figure out what this meant. Does it mean anything?

They’d had one blissful night together. But they’d given in to passion because they’d never expected to see one another again—or at least that was why she’d followed her needs.

Her cheeks heated as the memory of his fingers on her skin lit up her mind.

You can get your copy of Kostas and Calla’s happily ever after from your favorite bookseller here.

Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Romance Novels, New Releases

September New Releases

Happy September!

And Happy Back to School! My kiddos start 2nd year University, Grade 11 and Grade 8. Time sure goes quickly and to help fill your day we have some great new releases this month.

The Vet’s Escape to Paradise by Becky Wicks

Looking for adventure!

Finding a family?

Ivy’s dream trip to the Galápagos Islands was planned as her honeymoon—now it’s a chance to regroup alone. So on meeting single dad Jero, Ivy tries to give the sexy, brooding vet a wide berth. She’s sworn never to be a mother, and after his divorce, Jero’s priority is his child. But as Ivy’s drawn into his work with the local wildlife, and his daughter latches on to her, she starts changing her mind about a family…

One Weekend in Prague by Alison Roberts

For one weekend…
Or forever?

Before attending a medical conference, trauma specialist Mac meets stranger Hanna under the astronomical clock in Prague. Their intense connection takes him by surprise. Straitlaced Mac has never met someone like free-spirited nurse Hanna, and suddenly he’s dropping his guard and stepping out of his comfort zone! Their unforgettable and spontaneous weekend together, touring the city and then tangling between the sheets, makes him see the world differently. But what happens when they leave Prague?

Nurse’s Outback Temptation by Amy Andrews

The right temptation…

…at the wrong time?

When nurse Chelsea lands in Australia, her plan is simple: to leave the heartbreaking reason why she can’t call London home anymore on the plane and start over. Yet when Chelsea is introduced to far-too handsome flight doctor Aaron, it’s clear that her “new start, no romance” vow is already at risk! All Chelsea wants is a summer free from her painful past… But could a summer of love with Aaron be what she really needs?

Mending the ER Doc’s Heart by Susan Carlisle

Unexpected second chance…

…for the single dad!

ER doctor and widower Chad is focused solely on his job and his little boy. But when the newest nurse at Atlanta Children’s Hospital, Izzy, walks into his emergency room, Chad’s firm defenses are tested! Because behind her dazzling smile he recognizes a similar wariness in her eyes. But when Chad sees how she can make his little boy light up like never before, he can’t ignore how she may be the missing piece to their puzzle…

His Cinderella Houseguest by Charlotte Hawkes

When midnight strikes…

Will his Cinderella stay in his arms?

Helicopter pilot Piper Green is supposed to be Dr. Lincoln Oakes’s new air ambulance colleague—not his houseguest! Yet discovering she’s practically homeless, he offers her his spare room. In such close quarters, sparks soon start to fly, but they agree to keep things strictly professional. Until a dazzling kiss makes their chemistry impossible to ignore… But Piper has a secret and when Linc learns the truth, could their chance at happy-ever-after disappear?

Her Secret Rio Baby by Luana DaRosa

An impulsive night of passion…
A life-changing consequence!

The night surgeon Eliana Oliveira met Diego Ferrari, he was just a handsome stranger in a bar in Rio de Janeiro. And acting on their instant attraction was the perfect escape from the shock of inheriting a whole hospital from her estranged late father. Now, on her first day at Santa Valeria General, she’s in for two shocking discoveries: first, coming face-to-face with Diego in the operating room, and second, that she’s expecting his baby!

Happy Reading!