Excerpts, Reading

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!

Nanowrimo, The Writing Life

It’s that time of year – NANOWRIMO

November is in the air. Here in Ohio it doesn’t quite feel like it, but the wind is whistling with hints and screams that WINTER IS COMING. But before it does, November is the month of national novel writing, commonly called NANOWRIMO.

If you’ve not heard of this majestic/burnout inducing idea, the premise is to write 50,000 words in a month. Which if you’re aiming for it…is what we write for medical romances. So get those hot doc, sexy paramedics and flirtatious veterinarians down on page and send them to Mills & Boon.

I did my first Nano in 2014. It’s a book that will forever live under my bed. It’s entire purpose was to teach me that I wanted to write, didn’t yet really know what I was doing, and could sit for a while and get words on the page.

I’d love to tell you that this made me a NANO enthusiast, ready and willing to tackle the 50k each year. I write multiple stories of that length every year, so this shouldn’t be too hard. Except it always is. And that’s okay. I’ve written 50k in a month exactly twice since I started writing. Once in Nano and I didn’t write for almost three months after due to burnout. And once for a book I was contracted for; the burnout was real there too.

I am not saying this to dash Nano dreams. I have writer friends that live for this time year. It reenergizes them and gets the creative juices floating. There are YouTube videos that start in October, usually titled something like Plantober: Get read for Nano with me.

What I am saying is you are more than your word count. I run a weekly writer’s group and every November we spend our meetings doing write-ins. And without fail, I’ll have writer friends that panic or get down, because they aren’t hitting the 1,667 words needed a day to hit the Nano goal. I hate that. I hate it for them, I hate it for their work, I just hate it.

So if you are tackling Nano, here is my cheers to you! I am on the site www.nanowrimo.org as Juliette Hyland, feel free to make me a buddy. I probably won’t hit 50k (and that’s okay). If you have no desire to tackle it or you are hating on your word count….please use this as your mantra: you are more than your word count. Take a deep breath; it’s okay.

Just before Nano started I put a video about it on my YouTube page…it’s linked below if you want to take a look.

Happy November everyone.

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!

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.

Quirky Stories

Here Comes 40!

Juliette Hyland in her kitchen

It is already September. It’s hard to believe 2022 has entered the fourth quarter! But here we go.

September is a big month. I get to put up all of my fall decorations. As a matter of fact, I spent this morning putting out pumpkins and leaf decor. The arrival of fall brings pumpkin spice coffee…not my favorite treat but pumpkin muffins? Yes, please!

My youngest is turning eleven this month. This is a bigger deal than ten, for reasons that I do not understand completely. But she is very sure of this.

I also turn forty this month. Seven days after my youngest actually.

Side note, for planning purposes, not sure I recommend having a kid a week before your birthday…but that is a group of stories for another post.

Forty is a milestone. I know a lot of people have big feelings about forty. I don’t. I am happy with each birthday I reach.

But one thing I’ve noticed as I get older is how little I care what others think of me. It’s freeing in a way I wish I could tell twenty year old me. With age comes wisdom and the realization that forty once seemed old…it very much doesn’t now!

I don’t have any big plans, but I will be eating a big piece of cake! What kind? Not sure yet, I still have a few weeks before I have to solidify that plan. Birthday numbers aren’t a big deal to me, but birthday cake…that is an important decision.

So here’s to fall, pumpkin everything and loving yourself no matter your age.

Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Romance Novels, Women's Business

Red Lips and Rebellion

Juliette wearing red lipsticks in front of her bookshelf
Juliette wearing red lipstick

Today is the Fourth of July. Independence Day in the United States of America. There is an oft repeated line that authors shouldn’t get into politics. We should be quiet about our beliefs and feelings so as not to alienate our readers.

As a woman, with a degree in history, I have always disagreed with this point. There is a reason that governments come for writers and artists when they are floating with or full on embracing authoritarianism. And remaining silent so a few more people might buy books is not an option.

On this Independence Day, a movement that has been working for years to control women, and people with uteruses, bodies got the political win that they wanted. The Supreme Court, with five justices selected by presidents who lost our popular election, overturned fifty years of precedence protecting privacy and the right to bodily autonomy with their decision on Roe v. Wade.

The impacts are already being felt. I live in a state with a trigger law. In a state that is already considering a bill to take away my right to birth control. In a state with representatives who have stated that while assault and rape are horrid, it doesn’t matter. The life of a mother in danger…doesn’t matter. The right of a person to simply make the best decisions for themselves for their own reasons…doesn’t matter.

Did you know that red lips, bright red lips, were a sign of rebellion for the suffrage movement? Suffragettes painted their lips red to force men to notice. Elizabeth Arden passed out red lipstick to women marching for votes in 1912. Now a century later, I find myself painting my lips red. Readying myself for the battles to come, for the cries for justice and bodily autonomy.

If you live in the US, I urge you to vote in November. Our rights quite literally depend on it. If you are interested in joining the fight, please know, there is no need to reinvent wheels. There are organizations who have been in this fight for decades, largely led by women of color. Join those already in the fight, who know what we are dealing with. Two good resources to start with are: Planned Parenthood and the Center for Reproductive Rights.

Need to know how to vote in the US, this link will take you to a page explaining how to do that for which state you live in. AND what the deadlines are for when you need to register.

Remember, romance heroines get consent over their bodies. Romance by its nature is rebellious because it says we deserve pleasure and consent. Overturning Roe impacts us all.

Well behaved women seldom make history. ~ Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Romance Novels, New Releases

June New Releases

Happy June!

We have some brand new releases for this month.

Congrats on Julie Danvers for her 5th book which is part of the Portland Midwives Duet.

The Vet’s Unexpected Houseguest by Juliette Hyland

In Juliette Hyland’s latest Harlequin Medical Romance, risking your heart is always a daunting task, but it’s almost always worth it, especially when romance comes knocking on your front door…

Her new colleague……is also her new roommate! Widowed workaholic Kit has dedicated her life to her patients. She’s determined to be the best vet in town and prove herself to those who’ve doubted her. But when Dr. August—aka her boss’s prodigal son—returns to help at the clinic, she’s faced with an unexpected and irresistible houseguest! August is a distraction Kit doesn’t need. Although he’s certainly one she wants! Can Kit take a risk on a rebel?

The Midwife from His Past by Julie Danvers

What happens when the surgeon’s ex-fiancée is the midwife in the operating room? Find out in Julie Danvers’s latest Medical Romance for Harlequin.
The emergency room reunion…
…He never imagined!

When Dr. Eliot is called to an emergency C-section, he’s stunned to find midwife Bria in the operating room. A lot has changed since their engagement ended so abruptly. Now he’s a successful surgeon, no longer plagued by the financial worries of his childhood. But his intense attraction to Bria? That’s exactly the same! And when Eliot discovers what was really behind their breakup, acting on that attraction is all he can think about…

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

Portland Midwives

Book 1: The Doctor She Should Resist by Amy Ruttan
Book 2: The Midwife from His Past by Julie Danvers

The Doctor She Should Resist by Amy Ruttan

n the latest Harlequin Medical Romance by Amy Ruttan, the last thing the midwife is looking for is love… But sometimes love appears even when you least expect it…

From opposites……to lovers?

The last thing midwife Hazel is looking for is a relationship. So why is she so drawn to Dr. Caleb? Especially when he’s from the rival hospital that delayed the opening of her birthing center. Enigmatic Caleb knows just how to push all of her buttons…but for all their differences, sparks of chemistry soon start to fly! Although with Hazel’s heart already damaged, can she believe that Caleb will be the one to heal it?

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

Portland Midwives

Book 1: The Doctor She Should Resist by Amy Ruttan
Book 2: The Midwife from His Past by Julie Danvers

Surgeon’s Second Chance in Florence by Kate Hardy

Love shines brighter under the Italian sun and there’s a second chance on the cards for the surgeon… Find out more in award-winning author Kate Hardy’s latest Harlequin Medical Romance.

She’s in Italy to save lives… …But falling back in love? Surgeon Sam can’t believe it! While she’s on secondment in Florence, Dr. Angelo will be her new colleague. Two years ago, he left Sam brokenhearted and without an explanation. Now she’s stuck working with him—for three months! But Sam soon learns that there was more to Angelo’s departure than he let her believe… Can she forgive Angelo and claim her second chance with the gorgeous Italian doctor?

In Bali with the Single Dad by Annie O’Neil

Award-winning author Annie O’Neil whisks you away to beautiful Bali with a doctor in need of an escape and a fresh start on the horizon…

A GP in need of escape……Finds a fresh start in Indonesia! Floored by her ex-fiancé’s betrayal, GP Rebecca is in Bali to regroup. She’s not sure what her future looks like, but she’s certain that she’s sworn off love! Until an accident brings local doctor Noah into her life… As a new single dad to his orphaned nieces, Noah knows what it’s like to have your life change instantly. Now Rebecca can’t help but wonder if fate is offering them all a new happily-ever-after in paradise.

A Family to Save the Doctor’s Heart by Marion Lennox

Could the handsome doctor who washed up on the beach be the one to mend this family’s hearts? Find out in the latest Harlequin Medical Romance from multi-award-winning author Marion Lennox.

A lesson from the gorgeous doc:A family can be the greatest gift! A year ago Jenny was an emergency doctor, loving life in fast-paced Sydney. Now, after the loss of her brother and his wife, she’s living an unrecognizable life on remote Albatross Island, raising her nieces and nephews. Then Dr. Silas washes up on her beach, shipwrecked and injured! Just like Jenny and the kids, Silas is no stranger to grief. But can he bring hope to Jenny and her fledgling family, too?

Happy Reading!

Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Romance Novels, New Releases

April New Releases

I love April! Spring (for the Northern Hemisphere) is in the air and it happens to be my birthday month too. So I’m a bit biased.

And not only does April bring showers to promise the May flowers, but we have some brand spanking new releases for you all, including TWO Duets. Very exciting!

We have JC Harroway making their debut with Medicals this month. Congrats, JC!

Also a huge congrats to Scarlet Wilson on her 45th book!

Their Second Chance in ER by Sue MacKay

Will the doctor and the nurse take the second chance that fate has granted them? Find out in Sue MacKay’s emotional marriage reunited story!
Is their ER reunion……just the beginning? When the eyes of exes Dr. Devlin and nurse Chloe meet across a crowded ER, they’re both stunned to find that they’ll be colleagues again—and that the electrifying sparks from seven years ago are still there. A misunderstanding led to their painful split and the belief that they would never see each other again. Now there’s no chance to run away from each other! But will they take this opportunity to put right what went wrong in their almost happily-ever-after?

Reunited with Her Surgeon Boss by Amy Ruttan

Amy Ruttan offers the perfect tropical escape with this reunion romance, the first in her new duet, Caribbean Island Hospital!

A one-way ticket to the Caribbean……and a second chance in paradise?

When surgeon Victoria has the chance to take a much-needed sabbatical in the US Virgin Islands, she doesn’t have to think twice! It’s the perfect chance to escape the scandal that’s wrongly surrounding her in New York. Still, Victoria knows that her escape to paradise is anything but a holiday. Especially when Dr. Matthew—once the love of her life!—is introduced as her new boss…

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

Caribbean Island Hospital

Book 1: Reunited with Her Surgeon Boss
Book 2: A Ring for His Pregnant Midwife


Neonatal Doc on Her Doorstep by Scarlet Wilson

From working together to living together! In award-winning author Scarlet Wilson’s latest Harlequin Medical Romance, the second in the Neonatal Nurses duet, a doctor and a nurse find themselves in too close proximity!

Will her accidental housemate……stay for good?

Nurse Alice needs a housemate—stat! So she reluctantly agrees to give the hospital’s new doctor, Douglas, a place to stay. It’s clear that while Dougie might have started a new life in Washington, he hasn’t left the ghosts of his past behind in London…just as Alice can’t hide from hers, either. Still, he’s as irresistible as he is infuriating! Is she falling for the doctor in the room next door?

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

Neonatal Nurses

Book 1: A Nurse to Claim His Heart by Juliette Hyland
Book 2: Neonatal Doc on Her Doorstep by Scarlet Wilson

Forbidden Fling with Dr. Right by JC Harroway

In JC Harroway’s electrifying debut for Harlequin Medical Romance, the new doctor in town is tempted into a forbidden fling!

She shouldn’t have kissed her boss!
She shouldn’t want a repeat! Straight-talking Dr. Darcy Wright is almost at the pinnacle of the career she’s neglected everything else in her life for. She just has to meet the impossibly high standards of her new boss, Joe Austin, and find a way to work with the tempting surgeon, who uses his grief as an emotional shield. Which means forgetting that they once succumbed to the mounting friction between them…with one earth-shatteringly off-limits kiss!

A Ring for His Pregnant Midwife by Amy Ruttan

Step onto the Caribbean sands with Harlequin Medical Romance author Amy Ruttan’s marriage of convenience story, the second story in her Caribbean Island Hospital duet!

From faking it at the altar……to a fairy-tale forever?

The last thing Dr. Marcus wants is to be tied down. His ex-girlfriend’s betrayal led him to vow that he would never give his heart to somebody again… But when Alexis, his heavily pregnant friend, needs help, commitmentphobe Marcus drops everything to become her convenient husband! They’re determined to make it work for Alexis’s baby. They just didn’t count on wanting to make their marriage a dream come true!

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

Caribbean Island Hospital

Book 1: Reunited with Her Surgeon Boss
Book 2: A Ring for His Pregnant Midwife

A Nurse to Claim His Heart by Juliette Hyland

Will a fake relationship turn into a forever romance? Find out in Juliette Hyland’s latest Harlequin Medical Romance, the first story in the Neonatal Nurses duet!

A picture is worth a thousand words…What about a viral video?

When Dr. Benedict saves an infant on the Washington Metro, the treatment he performs with nurse Penny becomes the talk of the town—and social media! Not least because the world thinks they’re a couple… While a real relationship is a no-go zone for divorced Benedict, prolonging their “faux-mance” is the perfect way to raise vital hospital funds. But the longer their ruse goes on, the more real it feels!

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

Neonatal Nurses

Book 1: A Nurse to Claim His Heart by Juliette Hyland
Book 2: Neonatal Doc on Her Doorstep by Scarlet Wilson

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Here Comes 2022!

It’s hard to believe, at least for me, that 2021 is coming to an end. One of the things I love doing at the end of the year is buying a new planner. I spend a few weeks, lovingly adding them to my wish list, dropping off the ones that don’t “spark joy” before finally choosing my planner. My husband, who only uses a wall calendar (HOW?) laughs at my love of planners.

Last year he really wanted to get me one for Christmas and finally broke down and just asked me to order what I wanted so he could wrap it. I happily complied!

Planners are one of my true loves. In December I start getting my next year planned out. Life often gets in the way (looking at your 2020 & 2021) but I still like to put in all the things I know I need to do.

Like two more medicals – and hopefully more.

Next year I am also planning to use a kanban board to plan a quarter at a time. I don’t have a true office; I use a nook in our bedroom. I built the kanban board at the entrance to the noon – in our bedroom. My husband even helped me get it set up.

He may not understand the board, but he fully accepted it. True love really does exist!

Anyone else have a planner you carry everywhere? Or a kanban board? Or are you like my lovely husband and don’t need one at all?