Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Romance Novels

Spring is on the Way!

It’s April, and in the Hyland house that means it’s time to try not to kill the veggies my girls have been begging me to grow for years. Here is the thing…I covet my neighbor’s beautiful bounty, but my thumb has no touches of green. I joke that plants see me coming and push their nearly dead friend forward.

Come on Fred…take one for the team!

This year my brother-in-law (an avid gardener) set my girls up with twelve seedlings…each. So there are now twenty-four plants spouting on a table in my dining room. My co-authors have both voiced their displeasure that the plants are taking up prime window sun space.

If all goes well, we will have cantaloupe, cucumbers (my oldest wants to make pickles), tomatoes, watermelon, carrots and lettuce. Plus, I promised I would buy strawberry plants. May as well go all in right? Anyone else trying their hand at gardening? Or do you have a bright beautiful green thumb?

While I have never been a big gardener, I have always been impressed by them (and secretly jealous). So my next medical, The Pediatrician’s Twin Bombshell, has a heroine that loves creating green spaces.

You can read the opening of Tessa’s story now. Check it out here: http://bit.ly/bombshellfirstchapter

https://bit.ly/TwinBombshell
Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Romance Novels

Welcome Spring-Maybe

by Susan Carlisle

 

I have a love/ hate relationship with Spring.

I love the warmth and beauty of it. Spring has had a difficult time showing up this year, make that warming up. My part of the country isn’t as bad as others. They are still having snow. Mine has turned out to be cool but the beauty is impressive. It is more stunning than it has been in years.

plants3

I planted eighty of these azaleas thirty years ago. I know the amount because my aunt owned a nursery and she gave them to my husband and me for birthdays and Christmas presents. I don’t have as many left as I should because of a drought. Can you imagine what it would look like in my yard if I did?

plants2

Spring also brings work. The yard has to be fertilized, weeds need killing, and new plants put in the flower bed. Still it nice to see life coming back to the trees and to have sun on my face.

plants4

To add to the good feelings of Spring my newest book The Brooding Surgeon’s Baby Bombshell showed up on my doorstep. It will be out in July. More about the background of it when the weather around here is hot and I’m wishing for this cool Spring weather again.

plants1

Just a note: I’m going to be in Paris for Festival du Roman Feminin May 5-6 and Berlin for the LoveLetters Convention on May 12-13. If you are in the area, please stop by and say hi. I would love to meet you.

300 Bombshell

One night, unexpected consequences…!

But can they be a family?

After sparks fly with Dr. Gabriel Marks at a conference, nurse Zoe Avery’s left with a permanent reminder of their night together. Knowing Gabe doesn’t want kids, Zoe decides she’ll have the baby alone. Then Gabe moves to the same city just as pregnant Zoe needs a temporary home. Gabe comes to her rescue, but can they overcome their hurdles and become a family?

Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Romance Novels

The Joys of November in southern Down Under

Spring paddocks and canola
Spring paddocks and canola

I live in the south-eastern part of Australia and much to the surprise of many overseas visitors, we get cold weather. Sure, it isn’t northern hemisphere cold, although it did snow on the beach once for an hour(!) however, compared to my northern Australian friends, I live in a temperate zone. This means for a teeny tiny part of the year, for two of the three months of spring it is GREEN! 🙂

My garden is emerald. It won’t last long but for now I am loving it and the spring roses. I’ve planted rhubarb, strawberries, lettuces and updated the herb garden. We’ve mulched and pruned and now DH is cleaning the pavers around the pool for that first hot day that will turn my emerald green to burnt brown. Given the forecast, that may be today!

So please enjoy my garden while it’s green and under the photos is my cover reveal for my next medical romance 🙂 Do you have a favourite rose?

Sentimental rose
Sentimental rose

IMG_1083
My favourite, Mr Lincoln. The perfume is AMAZING!

IMG_20151107_163132 IMG_1174 IMG_1176

Not a rose but I am excited that my Bird of Paradise has finally flowered. My garden is a bit too shady!
Not a rose but I am excited that my Bird of Paradise has finally flowered. My garden is a bit too shady!

BOOK NEWS!

81ydVW4HKpL._SL1500_WOOT! I have a cover for A Daddy For Baby Zoe? my next Harlequin Medical Romance which is released on January 1st 2016 🙂 It’s up for pre-order all over the place and you can find buy links here  along with an excerpt. To peak your interest, I have a special Pinterest board. You can see the little penguins, the fishing fleet, and the actors who inspired Meredith and Raf 🙂

And what do you think of the cover? I just adore that baby! It tugs on my heartstrings 🙂

My Medicine River series, set in glorious Montana, is still getting grFiona Lowe ARRA adeat reviews so if you haven’t caught up with it yet, now might be the time 🙂 Montana Actually and Truly Madly Montana, are available in mass market paperback and eBook format.

Unlocking Her Surgeon’s Heart, a Harlequin Mills & Boon medical romance is out in the world. If you enjoy the TV series, Call the Midwife, you’ll love this book. It’s part of the Midwives-on-Call series and my story is set in a small rural town. Lilia is the midwife and the last thing she needs is a grumpy, city surgeon trying to throw his weight around. Buy links are here.

I hang out a bit on Facebook and Twitter if you’d like to join me there.

I’m currently reading The Lake House by Kate Morton. I hope your November has plenty of time for reading!

Fiona x

Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Romance Novels

Spring is here!

IMG_0817Spring is finally here! We’ve had to wait a while, due apparently to the fact that a jet stream got stuck in a southerly position, but it’s moved now and in the space of two weeks snow and sub-zero temperatures have given way to clear skies and sunshine. Here in the south-east of England, the trees are bursting into leaf and we have spring flowers at last.

This certainly isn’t the first time that Spring’s been delayed and it’s not the most catastrophic either. In 1816, the temperature in the Northern Hemisphere reduced dramatically as a result of the eruption of Mount Tambora, and in many places summer never came. July saw snow, frozen waterways, and failed crops, causing enormous suffering. The literature and art of the period reflects the weather conditions too – Byron and Shelley were living near Lake Geneva in 1816, and from that period comes Byron’s poem ‘Darkness’ and Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein’. Likewise, Turner’s glorious sunsets were real – a result of volcanic ash.

Even today, there are many places throughout the world, where the weather is a constant threat to people’s crops, their homes and their lives. And it’s estimated that 2 million people are affected by Seasonal Affective Disorder in the UK alone.

So I can count myself lucky that my own life is not usually influenced by the weather – being English I suppose it’s my duty to mention it at least once a day, but beyond that my reaction to good and bad weather is just to wear less (or more) and adjust the heating. I will admit to having been unsettled by this long wait for spring, though. Perhaps because things seemed out of kilter – somehow wrong for the time of year. Or perhaps because, for all our knowledge about why this happened, there was nothing that could be done about it, and no-one really knew when, or if, things were going to right themselves. We may like to think that we’re in control, but Mother Nature knows differently!

So how about you? Do you shine on sunny days, and feel gloomy when it’s cloudy? Or is the weather just something that’s going on outside your window when you get up in the morning? And – well, I’ve got to ask. How’s your weather today?