Book Awards, Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Romance Novels

Exciting News! RITA Finalists

Colour us thrilled!  The RITA Finalists this year have included two Medical Romances, and no less than four Medical Romance authors.

Warmest congratulations to Amy Andrews (who is a double finalist!!), Scarlet Wilson, Avril Tremayne and Marion Lennox.  We’ve asked authors to say a few words, and included details of their books.

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Amy Andrews – ‘A Christmas Miracle’

I’m super thrilled to be a RITA double finalist. It’s been my dream and goal to one day final in this prestigious award and I can’t believe when it finally happened (I’ve been entering for 12 years!) two of my books finalled! I’ve been floating since I got the email and expect to float all the way to Denver. At least it will save me an airfare 🙂

I’m extra excited to see 2 medicals final in the awards. If one of them wins it’ll be the first medical ever to have won the RITA so fingers crossed for both Scarlet and I!

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Her knight in shining leathers!

Trinity Walker has learned the hard way to stand on her own two feet for her sick son Oscar. But, when ex–army surgeon Reid Hamilton walks into her life and offers her a job and a home, she can’t refuse!

He might ruffle her feathers, but Trinity can’t help falling for this knight in motorbike leathers. Reid never expected this little family to bring such sparkle into his cynical life, but now he’ll do whatever it takes to give Trinity the love she deserves this Christmas!

 

 

 

Scarlet Wilson – ‘The Doctor and The Princess’

Getting the call about the Rita was a little unusual.  I knew it was Rita call day and I’d emailed a few friends that morning to wish them luck.  I still work full time and was just about to start chairing at meeting at 2pm when my phone rang.  My first surprise was that I had a signal – the place where the meeting is held is notorious for no cell phone coverage.  The next surprise was the New York flashing up on my screen.  Since I don’t know anyone who stays there my stomach gave a little flip and I just smiled at my colleagues and said, “Sorry, I have to get this.”  So, they all listened while I got my Rita call from Damon Suede.  I’ve been nominated before but what makes it so special this time is that it’s one of my medical books that is a finalist.  We all adore our line, but it isn’t as popular in the US, so I’m delighted that five RWA members have read it, and thought it worthy to final.  I’m even happier to have Amy Andrews waving the medical flag beside me.  Go Medicals!  Who knows, my next med might be set in Denver!!

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Her very own Mr Darcy.

As a rule, Gabrielle Cartier prefers the title ‘Dr’ to ‘Princess’. And when sexy surgeon Sullivan Darcy joins her humanitarian mission in the jungle, she’s desperate to explore their chemistry. Until sudden news of her brother’s abdication means Gabrielle must return home to rule!

Sullivan longs to offer Gabrielle the support she needs but the pain of loss haunts him. Yet she stirs long-dormant feelings in him, feelings that give him the courage to confront his demons…and the determination to win his princess!

 

 

 

Other Titles by Medical Romance Authors

Avril Tremayne – ‘The Dating Game’

What chaos there was a the house the morning I found out I was a finalist in the RITAs.  I’d missed a call at five o’clock in the morning (I am not an early riser believe me) and I was checking my emails at a more dignified nine o’clock-is when I saw the news.  Screaming ensued, right at the time a delivery man was at the door handing something over to my husband and I’m sure he wondered if I was being held captive upstairs and tortured.  And there was thereafter much rejoicing – in fact, there still is!

What makes it especially exciting for me with The Dating Game (Long Contemporary Romance) is that it’s my favourite story.  I was so ecstatic with it when it was finished (and that is never, ever the case for me) the wait to see if it would be published was excruciating.  I told my editor it was the best thing I’d written, but I know we’re not always the best judges of our work, so to have this honour in company with so many brilliant authors makes me feel I do know what I’m doing after all.

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Sarah’s brother Adam has been educating her best friend Lane in the arts of the Kama Sutra for weeks, all in the pursuit of Lane’s real target, David Bennet. So when Sarah finds herself alone with David at an exhibition, weeping over her own terrible dating history, they strike up a conversation. A budding artist, he wants to paint her, so she agrees in return for a guarantee that he’ll find her a relationship that can last more than three weeks (her rather dismal personal best).

She reassures herself that she isn’t betraying Lane. After all, Sarah wants marriage and 2.4 kids, and David has made it more than clear he will never want that. Plus he’s going to sleep with Lane any day now. Isn’t he?

 

 

Amy Andrews – ‘Troy’

Troy-300dpi (1)Cocky, young Aussie bull rider Troy Jensen has been busted down to the pro-circuit. He needs wins and points to get him back into the big league and a shot at being crowned champ but an injury forces him off the circuit and into the arms of the woman fate keeps putting in his path.

The first time local Doc Joss Garrity meets Troy, she’s brandishing a lug wrench. The second time, he’s dragging her delinquent teen son home. The third time, he’s in her ER. How he ends up convalescing at her house she’s not quite sure. But it does make it hard to ignore him and their simmering attraction.

As Troy gets to know Joss, he starts to see a life after bull riding for the first time. But can Joss risk her heart on another man who may not come home one day?

 

Marion Lennox – ‘The Billionaire’s Christmas Baby’

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The maid, the billionaire…and the baby

Hotel maid Sunny Raye only went to Max Grayland’s hotel suite to clean—and found herself calming a tiny abandoned baby! With just days until Christmas, the gorgeous but bewildered billionaire demands Sunny help him care for Phoebe over the holidays. She agrees—only if they spend Christmas with her family!

Max is totally out of his comfort zone, but warmhearted Sunny is a revelation. And Max finds he wants more than a nanny for Phoebe—he wants Sunny to lighten his life forever.

 

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Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Romance Novels, New Releases

October New Releases

Is it really less than three months before Christmas?  Six new books for October, which include the first two books in the ‘Christmas in Manhatten’ series.

A Christmas Miracle, by Amy Andrews

Her knight in shining leathers!

Trinity Walker has learnt the hard way to stand on her own two feet for her sick son Oscar. But, when ex-army surgeon Reid Hamilton walks into her life and offers her a job and a home, she can’t refuse!

He might ruffle her feathers, but Trinity can’t help falling for the knight in motorbike leathers. Reid never expected this little family to bring such sparkle into his cynical life but now he’ll do whatever it takes to give Trinity the love she deserves this Christmas!

Christmas in Manhatten – A Firefighter in her Stocking, by Janice Lynn

A gift impossible to resist!

When a firefighter rushes a child into her ER, Dr Sarah Grayson is stunned that the ash-covered, exhausted hero is her incorrigible playboy neighbour, Jude Davenport!

Sarah is wary of such men, but when gorgeous Jude suggests a Christmas fling, she can’t resist. Yet their relationship deepens, and Sarah sees behind the playboy is a man who has loved and lost. He might try to keep his emotions on ice, but Sarah begins to wonder – could she be the one to heal his damaged heart?

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All the drama of the ER, all the magic of Christmas!

Falling for her Fake Fiancee, by Sue Mackay

A temporary arrangement…

Kelli Barnett invented a partner to avoid her parents’ matchmaking schemes. So, when her boss Mac Taylor – the man whose kisses once made her melt – offers to step in as her fiancé for a family wedding, Kelli snaps up his offer!

Widower Mac believes himself incapable of loving again. Until playing Kelli’s fiancé at the beautiful island retreat throws his senses into overdrive. But Mac must learn to let go of the past for this fake relationship to have a real future…

Reunited with her Surgeon Prince, by Marion Lennox

Claiming his secret heir – and his bride!

Dr Ellie Carson once married her secret prince, but then duty tore their whirlwind marriage apart – only Ellie was also pregnant!

Now, surgeon and Crown Prince Marc Falken is soon to become king – and he’s discovered he has a son! Claiming his heir means seeking out Ellie – the woman he’s never stopped loving. But can Marc convince Ellie she can be a doctor and his queen, and that finally they can become the family they were always meant to be?

Christmas in Manhatten – Sleigh Ride with the Single Dad, by Alison Roberts

Her secret Christmas wish

Dr Grace Forbes’ dramatic first day in Manhattan Mercy’s ER is unforgettable – especially when she runs into her old flame, ER Chief Charles Davenport, again!

That spark is still there between them but they’re different people now – after losing his wife, Charles is a single dad to adorable twin boys, while Grace has survived cancer but lost her dream of having children. Yet, as the weather gets colder she is drawn into the warmth of his family – could he make her Christmas wish come true?

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All the drama of the ER, all the magic of Christmas!

The Family She’s Longed For, by Lucy Clark

A family to heal her heart…

Dr Clara Lewis was devastated when Virgil Arterton left, but she picked herself up and started again, even after an accident that left her unable to have children…

Six years later, Virgil, now a widower, walks back into Victory Hospital – with his daughter! He knows leaving Clara was the worst mistake of his life but can he convince her he’s changed and that, if she’ll trust him with her heart, he can give her all the love and family she longs for?

 

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

Conference Roundup! with Amy Andrews

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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yes….we look nothing alike….

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

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

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

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

Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Romance Novels, New Releases

January Releases

Welcome one and all to a brand new sparkly year and 6 brand new sparkly titles for lovers of medical romance. We hope everyone has a wonderful 2017 and we’ll be doing our best to help bring it a little extra sparkle!

 

Falling For Her Wounded Hero by Marion Lennox

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A debt repaid…with love?

Tom Blake helped Tasha Raymond through a heartbreaking loss eighteen months ago—so when she learns he’s been devastatingly injured she’s determined to repay the debt by helping him in return.

Working with the handsome GP stirs up a storm of emotions, but Tasha has no intention of truly getting close. The playboy’s devil-may-care attitude is the last thing she needs! But then the wounded doc’s kindness proves too much temptation for her heart to resist…

 

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Alejandro’s Sexy Secret by Amy Ruttan

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas…

If only that were true! Surgeon Kiri Bhardwaj never expected to see sexy exotic dancer Alejandro Valentino again after their fantasy life-changing night together. But now they’re face-to-face, and he’s a specialist in her pediatric department!

Working with Kiri proves to Alejandro that they haven’t finished what they started all those years ago. But to claim what he’s lost he’ll have to lay his heart on the line and prove to Kiri their chemistry is for keeps!

 

Santiago’s Convenient Fiancee by Annie O’Neil

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Can a convenient arrangement last forever?

Saoirse Murphy came to Miami to bury herself in work, determined to forget the canceled wedding she left behind her, and she wants to stay… But only a green card will do!

Enter former combat doc Santiago Valentino. Having reluctantly returned to face his dark past, he’s only too happy to be distracted by his paramedic partner and her shocking proposal.

But when their “convenient” engagement tips into a very inconvenient passion, Santiago wonders…will she be his forever wife?

 

 

The Doctor’s Diamond Proposal by Annie Claydon

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Physiotherapist Alexandra Jackson never thought she’d see Leo Cross again after an accident changed her life. But when she’s thrown back together with Leo she sees a hint of the boy she once met underneath the celebrity doctor’s charming smile…

Leo knows he can’t give Alex the commitment she deserves—he’s fighting too many demons of his own. But will their connection and Alex’s positive approach to life inspire Leo to make her a proposal neither will ever forget?

 

 

Weekend With The Best Man by Leah Martyn

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Nurse Lindsey Stewart knows that dancing with new, enigmatic Casualty doctor Dante Rossi is asking for trouble…but when he takes her hand at a wedding she’s powerless to resist. As their night turns into a weekend she learns there’s more to this charming best man than meets the eye.

After returning to work, neither can escape their undeniable chemistry—even when trying to remain professional! Until Lindsey discovers she’s pregnant, and realizes she might hold the key to healing Dante’s damaged heart…

 

 

The Surgeon’s Baby Surprise by Charlotte Hawkes

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For committed surgeon Max Van Berg, career has always come first. He’s only ever risked distraction once—during his whirlwind affair with stunning psychiatrist Evangeline Parker…

But now Evie’s unexpected reappearance has turned Max’s world upside down. Not only is Evie battling illness, but she’s been forced to keep an even bigger secret from the surgeon! Against all odds Max is a father, and suddenly his sole focus is fighting for Evie, for baby Imogen and for the family he never knew he wanted until now…

 

 

 

 

Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Romance Novels, New Releases

APRIL RELEASES

Welcome to the April releases blog! Look at all these pretties in store for you!!

 

CAUGHT IN A STORM OF PASSION by Lucy Ryder

Dr. Evelyn Carmicmedicals6hael’s plan:

1. Travel to the South Pacific and stop her sister from marrying the wrong man.

2. Leave as quickly as possible and refocus on her career.

3. Avoid all men along the way—they’re nothing but trouble!

But things take an unexpected turn when Eve finds herself trapped with sexy pilot Chase Gallagher. One look is enough to tempt Eve to throw her plan out the window…and indulge in a sinfully hot fling in paradise!

 

 

A CHILD TO OPEN THEIR HEARTS by Marion Lennox

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When Nurse Hettie de Lacey saves orphaned Joni from drowning, she sets her heart on adopting him. This is her last chance to be a mum… But to keep him she needs Dr. Max Lockhart by her side.

Max has returned to Wildfire Island with a heavy heart, and he’s completely unprepared for the powerful desire he feels for Hettie. His life is already in turmoil, but how can he walk away when everything about Hettie and Joni compels him to stay?

 

 

 

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FALLING FOR THE SINGLE DAD by Emily Forbes

A place where she belongs…

Since returning from Afghanistan ex-army doc Abi Thompson has been striving to rebuild her life. Now, stepping through the doors of the glamorous Hollywood Hills Clinic, she feels more out of her comfort zone than ever!

Then she meets her new boss—darkly handsome Damien Moore. Abi might not believe in happy-ever-afters, but as she spends time with Damien and his gorgeous daughter, Summer, she finds herself drawn into their loving family unit…and into Damien’s arms!

Has Abi found happiness against all odds?

 

SEDUCED BY THE HEART SURGEON by Carol Marinelli

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As head of PR for the elite Hollywood Hills Clinic, ex-socialite Freya Rothsberg knows image is everything. Yet her own facade of calm control is shattered when she meets outrageously sexy heart surgeon Zack Carlton at a wedding. One wild night of passion later, Freya is shocked to realise that Zack is the clinic’s newest recruit!

 

Playboy Zack exposes Freya’s every secret yearning for a fairy-tale ending. He’s an expert with damaged hearts—does she dare trust him with hers?

 

 

THE GREEK DOCTOR’S SON by Jennifer Taylormedical

Finding his son…and his bride?

When nurse Amy Prentice takes her son to the island of Constantis to show him his Greek heritage, the last person she expects to see is Dr. Nico Leonides—the man who broke her heart…and Jacob’s dad!

But there’s no denying that Nico, as he gets to know Jacob, proves to be a remarkable father. And as he bonds with Amy over their son, the love they once shared resurfaces. Now can Nico find the courage to share his own secret…and finally make them a real family?

 

 

THE FLING THAT CHANGED EVERYTHING by Alison Roberts

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Becoming a Wildfire Island paramedic is a dream come true for Lia Roselli—a chance for travel and adventure. What she doesn’t expect is to fall in lust with her boss, Dr. Sam Taylor…

Romantic entanglement is the last thing on Sam’s mind; he’s been badly burned by divorce. Yet there’s no denying the passion that flares between them, and it’s so much more than physical! As everything starts to change it’s clear that Lia is tempting him to try love again!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Romance Novels, New Releases

March Releases!

Six new releases this month for your enjoyment and there are some totally sexy covers for you to savour!!!

Mills & Boon Medical series brings you pulse-racing medical dramas…

 

A SHEIK TO CAPTURE HER HEART by Meredith Webber meredith

Running from her past…into his arms?

Four years after the tragedy that drove her to Wildfire Island, flying surgeon Sarah Watson is ready to live again. Starting with a steamy affair with mysterious Harry…

But this resident hunk is running, too — from the injury that ended his career as a surgeon and his duties as Sheikh Rahman al-Taraq of Ambelia! When their one-week fling overruns, Sarah and Harry must choose: keep running or stand firm…together.

 

BREAKING ALL THEIR RULES by Sue Mackay

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Plastic surgeon Olivia Coates-Clark knew her affair with handsome Dr Zachary Wright couldn’t last forever, so she ended it before she could get hurt. But when a chance encounter brings them back together, she finds herself considering breaking her one rule: not to give in to her reignited desire for Zac!

Zac watched Olivia walk away once, but he won’t let it happen again. Alone with her in paradise, he’ll prove once and for all that some rules are worth breaking…

 

LONDON’S MOST ELLIGIBLE DOCTOR by Annie O’Neil

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When a devastating dancing injury forces prima ballerina Lina Keminsky to walk away from her dreams, she takes a receptionist job to make ends meet. But working for London’s most sought after doc, Cole Manning, isn’t what she expects…

While Cole might not bear physical scars, he’s become a pro at hiding wounds that run deep. But working alongside the feisty Lina, Cole sees his guard slowly but surely beginning to crumble. Together, can they mend each other’s hearts?

 

 

ONE LIFE-CHANGING NIGHT by Louisa Heaton

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A kiss to mean forever?

For ER nurse Naomi Bloom, a handsome man only spells bad news. So when she’s forced to move in with her gorgeous new boss, Dr Tom Williams, she is certain he’s strictly off-limits!

Tom swore he’d never love again after losing his wife. But Naomi’s presence is a breath of fresh air, and Tom finds his long-held vow challenged. Will he be ready to embrace the risk when one kiss leads to a night these two will never forget?

 

 

SAVING MADDIE’S BABY by Marion Lennox

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Dr Maddie Haddon doesn’t think twice before running into Wildfire Island’s gold mine to save a life. But another rockfall leaves Maddie trapped inside — and this time it’s her turn to be saved…

Emergency medic Josh Campbell is used to working under pressure, but when he discovers that his latest call is to rescue his ex-wife, who is on the brink of labor, the stakes are higher than ever! Can Josh save Maddie and her baby…and heal their broken marriage, too?

 

THE SOCIALITE’S SECRET by Carol Marinelli

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Two years ago, socialite Scarlet Portland spent one wild night with ER doc Luke Edwards. She hasn’t forgotten their sizzling heat — it’s branded on her mind forever — nor that night’s devastating emotional repercussions…

Now Scarlet’s back in London and back in Luke’s life. All she wants is one more chance — to see if the happiness she’s only ever felt in his arms was real. But though their chemistry burns hot as ever, will he want her when he discovers the truth?

Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Romance Novels

In The Presence of Royalty

 So today I had lunch with a bunch of author friends who live in this area of the world. We do it every couple of months and it doesn’t matter that I am a couple of weeks behind on a book (promise it will be in on Wednesday Lucy!) I NEVER miss it. I so rarely get to spend face-to-face time with colleagues that I refuse to pass up these once-in-a-blue-moon opportunities!

Today, though, we had a ring-in from down south. None other than the fabulous Marion Lennox. Yes, THE Marion Lennox. Australian romance royalty, RITA superstar, medical/sweet author goddess, writer of 70 + novels, animal lover and all round good egg. Those of you who are familiar with medical romance will need no introduction because well…she’s Marion freaking Lennox and she was sitting right beside me!

I’m always a little in awe of such fabulous, prolific, famous authors. They are my Kate Middleton! I remember at RWA National in New York last year being in a lift and it stopping at a floor and Stephanie Laurens getting on. I know Stephanie  a little (excuse me while I name drop…) so we chatted a bit in that kind of low, subdued way one does in a lift and we were surrounded by people – about 10 others who didn’t have a clue that they were sharing a lift with the romance equivalent of a rock star! It was so funny I had an absurd urge to giggle. And I really, really, really am NOT a giggler.

I was also lucky enough to catch up with my fellow RIVA/KISS authors Anna Cleary and Ally Blake, SMP historical author Christina Brooke and Allison Rushby who is a publishing dynamo with contracts everywhere including an e-serial coming out with SMP next year with Downton Abbey overtones!

Basically it was a freaking awesome day with some awsome authors!

So now I’m wondering what your literary rockstar/royalty dinner party would look like. If you could go out to dinner with a platinum Visa and any author/s in the world, who would it be?

To save twisting people in knots trying not to offend any medical authors I’m going to give you a pass on including any of us 🙂

Think bigger. Go crazy 🙂