Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Romance Novels, The Writing Life

First Double Release & A Challenge

So February marks my first double release of His Shock Valentine’s Proposal and Craving Her Ex-Army Doc. Harlequin bundled them as the Sealed By a Valentine’s Kiss miniseries.

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When I first thought about the Ralston brothers I had no intention of releasing them together like this. I wanted to write one and then the other. Slowly. Of course, the medical team offered me this terrific opportunity to write the books close together and they’d release them at the same time. I also had to write them with a Valentine’s theme, which honestly did bring an amount of panic in me because the first book was almost done and set in summer!

I also happened to be writing these when I was ill with the horrible gallbladder and waiting for surgery. Romance, especially setting two books on what is one of the most romantic days of the year, was something I was not feeling.

I saw it as another challenge that I had to conquer. A goal I needed to meet, even if I was terrified I wouldn’t be able to do it at all.

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Still, I’m never one to back away from a challenge when it comes to writing. I will however back away from challenges that involve sharks, spiders and heights.

And it was a challenge to write so fast. I wrote 3 books in the span of 3 months. The third book being my May 2016 release Perfect Rivals which is part of the Hollywood Hills Continuity.

I try to rise to the challenge when it comes to my writing because I’m so darn grateful I get to do what I love the most and that dream came true because I took a chance at a little thing called a Fast Track.

In 2010 I saw the call for a Medical Fast Track, which was similar to the current Medical Blitz that’s running now here.

I saw it as a challenge. I wanted to write for Harlequin and I decided to go for it.WritingICAn

On the eHarlequin forum loop I see so many writers who are afraid or think because they’ve gotten rejections that they can’t do it. I’m proof that YOU CAN DO IT!

I’d been rejected by Harlequin before I sold. And I’ve been there, thinking I can’t do this. I’m not good enough. I still think that when I send in my books. I’d fuss and futz over them to the end of time if I could.REVISE

 

So if you’re on the fence about trying for the Medical Blitz, don’t be. Just do it. Hit send and maybe one day you’ll be here, talking about your debut with us. Honestly one of the best things about selling to Medicals is the other authors and the community.

I’m challenging all of you on the fence or too scared to submit, to submit to Harlequin. Even if you’re not submitting to medicals. I’m challenging you to TRY, because if you don’t try you’ll never know.

Take the chance and best of luck to all those who have.

AwesomeWriting

 

Born and raised just outside of Toronto, Ontario, Amy fled the big city to settle down with the country boy of her dreams. After the birth of her second child, Amy was lucky enough to realize her life long dream of becoming a romance author. When she’s not furiously typing away at her computer, she’s a mom to three wonderful children who use her as a personal taxi and chef.

You can find out more about Amy at her website or follow her on Twitter.

Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Romance Novels

Announcing the 2016 Harlequin/Mills & Boon Medical Romance Fast-Track!

#MedicalBlitz

February 1st-14th 2016

Hi everyone! My name is Laura and I’m the Assistant Editor on the Harlequin/Mills & Boon Medical Romance team. We’re thrilled and grateful to have been invited to contribute to Love is the Best Medicine and look forward to getting to know you all and sharing our love for Medical Romance. If there’s anything you’d like to know please just ask. The Medical Romance editorial team (Sheila, Tilda and myself) would love to hear from you!

There is so much to love about our jobs on the Medical Romance editorial team but one of our favourite things is finding new voices to add to our spectacularly talented author base. And right now we’re looking for exciting new authors to join our amazing Medical family!

Medical Romances are stories with cutting-edge medical drama and settings, in some of the world’s most vibrant and beautiful cities! With pulse-racing medical drama bringing them together Medical heroes and heroines find themselves in a wide variety of intense, emotional situations—ER emergencies, heart and transplant surgeries, city hospitals, GP practices, paediatrics, Maternity wings, IVF clinics, jungle or outback settings and medical rescue just to name a few!

Our #MedicalBlitz is a fantastic opportunity for your Medical Romance to get fast-tracked!

What we want:

  • A query letter that introduces you and your book – and any previous publishing credits, contest wins, or affiliations
  • A 2 page detailed synopsis. Show us what drives your story forward, including the internal and external conflicts your hero and heroine face on the road to romance. We want to know what happens in your book, even the ending. (No cliff-hangers in the synopsis, please!)
  • Your first chapter (up to 20 pages)

 Here’s how it works:

  • From February 1st until midnight (EST) on Valentine’s Day, we invite you to send in your submission. Go to http://Harlequin.Submittable.com and click on ‘#MedicalBlitz Submission Fast Track!’ to submit your first chapter and synopsis.
  • Every contemporary Medical Romance submission will be read by one of the Harlequin Medical Romance editors and will receive editorial feedback by February 19th. That’s quite a fast-track!
  • We’ll then request to see more of the submissions that show the most promise!

This isn’t a contest but a chance to showcase your work to our editors and get some helpful feedback in an accelerated time frame, and maybe even become the newest Harlequin Medical author. If you’ve ever dreamed about being published, send us your submission. We want to read YOUR story!

And check out the hashtag #MedicalBlitz on Twitter. We’ll be sharing tips, insider details, our wish lists, and more throughout the Blitz. Planning on submitting? Have questions? Please leave a comment. I can’t wait to hear from you!