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Announcing the 2019 Mills & Boon Medical Romance Blitz!

#MedicalRomanceBlitz

March 15th-29th 2019

Hi everyone! My name’s Charlotte and I’m the Assistant Editor on the 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, Vic, Carly 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 uplifting, relatable, life-affirming stories set amid pulse-racing medical drama! Inviting readers to get swept into the world of dedicated (and delectable!) medical professionals who navigate the high stakes of falling in love in the pressured world of saving lives. 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! And in locations across the globe!

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

What we want:

  • A cover letter that introduces you and your book – and includes any previous publishing credits, contest wins, or affiliations.
  • A 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, please!)
  • Your first chapter – there’s no need to have the full manuscript written at this stage!

Here’s how it works:

  • From March 15th until midnight (GMT) March 29th, we invite you to send in your submission. Go to Go to http://Harlequin.Submittable.com and click on ‘Harlequin Medical Romance Blitz!’ 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 April 12th. That’s quite a fast-track!
  • We’ll then request to see more of the submissions that show the most promise!
  • Please note that we only accept one entry per person.

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 Mills & Boon Medical Romance author. If you’ve ever dreamed about being published, send us your submission. We want to read your story!

Keep an eye on millsandboon.co.uk and follow the editorial team on Twitter @SheilaHodgsonMR, @EditorBritton, @CarlyMByrne and @cellisharlequin for more writing tips and exclusive content!

Happy writing!

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Nice place for a white wedding….

Who doesn’t love a good wedding? Romance books are full of them- the heart-warming conclusion of a conflict-filled journey with the ideal setting just perfect for each couple.

Way back in the dark ages when I got married (20 years ago) in the UK, there were a finite number of places you could officially tie the knot unless you went abroad: basically, either a church or a register office. There were (as far as I could find anyway) no other options- no celebrants who would marry you while sky-diving or at the top of a city landmark. So we opted for a register office with a wedding breakfast / dinner/dance at a hotel. (About a year later, possibly less, the law changed and  getting married pretty much anywhere became possible).

Louisa and Hubby getting married in the not so romantic register office
Louisa and Hubby getting married in the not so romantic register office

Nowadays the choices for weddings are literally overwhelming and I sometimes wonder where/what we would choose if we were going to get married in 2013. Would we jet off to a tropical island with a small group of guests? Las Vegas? The top of Auckland’s Skytower? A cathedral? Would we choose something traditional or something more outlandish?

Would we do what this couple are doing and try out a wedding in every country before we made a final decision? (Wild idea!).

Recently my hubby and I spent a few days on a small island just off the Auckland (New Zealand) mainland and we found ourselves in a tiny but picturesque Tuscan style vineyard.

Beautiful scenery, beautiful food...
Beautiful scenery, beautiful food…

The waiter told us that a few months ago they held their first wedding there and it was wonderful. We decided that possibly, if we were to get married again, that this may be a perfect place to choose-  surrounded by rolling hills and late summer sunshine, with amazing food and heavy vines- close friends would be able to come because the cost wouldn’t be astronomical…bliss. But who knows? Given the actual scenario of a wedding and the amazing opportunities available where would we choose?

What about you? Where was your wedding? Did you do anything a little different? If you were to get married in 2013 where would you choose?

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Writing Perks

First post on this new site, here’s hoping my pictures load!

Today I’m going to talk about the perks of writing.  Sometimes writers can be a moany old bunch.  Deadlines, difficult stories that commonly become known as pineapples, lack of time to write, strained joints, bones, muscles etc.  Well today, I’m going for the good stuff – the parties!!!!!!!

Because, believe it or not writers are a very sociable bunch.  We like to meet up and chat often.  We like to meet up and eat often.  We like to meet up and drink often.  See?  You’re getting the picture.

Last week I spent sometime in London.  It’s only one hour away on the plane from Glasgow but seems to take so much longer.  Let’s not talk about going down the wrong sliproad on the motorway at 5am and thinking stuff it and just reversing back up it!

I was headed for the Romance Novelists Association’s Summer Party.  Some of you may not not know this, but the members of the RNA are renowned for their shoes.  So, the pressure was on!  What do you think? (10 days later my feet have not recovered!)

My rainbow starburst shoes!

The party was great fun, a real chance to mingle with other authors and talk the kind of stuff that anyone else in the world would find boring!

Me with my editor the lovely Carly Byrne. She bought me cocktails!

I also paid a visit to Mills and Boon headquarters.  It was great fun too.  I went for lunch with my editor and then was given an opportunity to raid the Mills and Boon library.  I didn’t need to be asked twice!

Lots of books – but no medicals as I have all those already!

And finally I made my way to Fortnum and Mason.  Some strange fellow author (Kate Hardy!) has talked about violet biscuits before and I was curious.  So I bought some of those and some gorgeous chocolates sold to me by the poshest 17 year old boy in the smartest uniform I’ve ever seen.

So, the question for the week is what have you done for fun lately?

P.S. The chocolates didn’t last long!

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Prescription to PARTY!

So, wow what a launch party we had! Thanks to everyone behind the scenes and to all the fantastic guests! How to follow that? I’m still in the party mood!

I like a good party, but I love a GREAT party! So I got to thinking of all the different reasons we have parties and what makes a great one. I asked a few friends and they came up with surprisingly different answers.

One said she loved dancing, another said she loved playing games. Me? I love any excuse to catch up with friends (oh…okay, and showing off my legendary air guitar talents).

I’ve been to wedding parties, divorce parties, birthday, Christmas, christening, wakes (funeral parties)- and always look forward to my friend’s annual theme party, just…well just because she likes a party. This year it was back-to-school themed so here’s a picture of me dressed up as a nun (I went to a convent school).

Get-togethers and parties are great settings for conflict and tension in stories–family feuds, alcohol-fuelled arguments, alcohol-fuelled sizzle!  It’s a great time to see how characters react in a different situation –do they let their hair down and dance with wild abandon, or are they more the ‘always in the kitchen at parties’ type? Are they the ones standing at the edge of the dance floor or are they leading the conga?

In my debut medical romance book One Month To Become a Mum, a child’s third birthday party is a backdrop for action. With that amount of children screeching around there’s bound to be an accident, right? The heroine, Jessie, is way out of her comfort zone surrounded by the one thing she’ll never have- happy families. And the hero, Luke is so wound up about keeping everyone safe he’s about to explode. Towards the end of the party Jessie begins to relax and teaches buttoned-up Luke to loosen up a bit too and find the fun missing from his life. And this leads to more fun than they’d both expected…. Blurb: Some things in life are worth waiting for-

Jessie Price has lost her only chance at motherhood – it’s a constant hurt, until she meets sinfully sexy single dad Dr Luke McKenzie and his gorgeous little girl. Luke’s intoxicating kisses and his daughter’s adoring hugs have Jessie longing for the impossible. But she’s a temporary locum, the clock’s ticking – and there’s only a month to make all her wishes come true…

Please visit me at www.louisageorge.com for more information!

So – here’s to more parties, I’m looking forward to finding more reasons to celebrate. Anyone been to any strange or unusual themed parties…and any of you medics know any good hangover cures?

STOP PRESS!! The fun just never ends! This week we’re having a medical authors spotlight over at Harlequin! We’re talking dreamy doctors, things we’ve treasured from childhood, our favorite places, unknown facts about your favorite medrom writers…so hop on over http://bit.ly/zQ6F0K