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!

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Wrapping Up (and more!)

It’s the end of 2022 already.

Where did the time go? Part of me thinks I just blinked, and the year is gone. Another part of me, though, is glad it’s over, not gonna lie. There have been some good times for me in 2022, and some really not so good.

On the good side:

  1. I released 4 books with the Medicals line this year (including my latest, THE GP’S ROYAL SECRET, which releases on 12/27). That’s a first for me, four books in twelve months, and wow. That’s a lotta words… 🤓📚✍️

2. I started a secret pen name to publish queer romance, mainly MM and Ace/Demi stuff. So far, I’ve got 6 novellas and 3 holiday novels out under that name with more to come in 2023. I’ll share the website here if you wanna check that out: http://www.tsankney.com 🏳️‍🌈

3. I started a new job as an editor for Level 4 Press in California, and I’m loving the work. ❤️

On the bad side:

  1. At the end of March 2022, I lost my job unexpectedly. This led to about three months of scariness as I scrambled to find new work. In the end, it all came together well and I’m in a good place again, but man. That was hard. 😵‍💫🫠
  2. I got COVID. Ugh. Zero stars. Do not recommend. 🤒
  3. During my stress-filled months of job searching I somehow hurt my hip. Don’t ask me how because to this day I don’t know. Don’t remember any injuries or anything. Just went to bed one night and woke up the next morning with shooting pains in my leg. Now, I used to dance professionally when I was younger, so arthritis was an inevitability, but for it to happen so fast… Anyway, I’m still working on that, but one of my goals in 2023 is to lose some weight, get back in shape, and get my mobility back again!🏃‍♀️

So, yeah. 2022. Like I said, some good, some bad, but I’m ready to move on already. LOL!

Now, I mentioned above that I have a new release at the end of this month (12/27). THE GP’S ROYAL SECRET was written smack in the middle of my frantic-job-search haze, so it’s basically pure fluff. I needed low-angst then and loaded the book up with all sorts of fairytale warm-fuzzies because of my craving for escape. It’s got luxury yachts, fabulous locations, beautiful scenery, a secret prince, a strong single mom, and lots of sizzling chemistry. Think Below Decks Mediterranean (BravoTV) meets Princess Diaries with some ER thrown in for fun, and you have this book. If that sounds like your cup of tea, then please check it out at the link below after this fun little excerpt:

“Classic latex allergy. They often developed after repeated exposures and in some cases could become life-threatening, as appeared to be the case here. You never knew when someone might have a bad reaction, which was why Cate never used latex gloves in her practice. But she’d never lost a patient before and wasn’t about to start now.


She focused on the patient again, as she dug into her bag for the EpiPen she always kept stashed there for emergencies. A quick dose of epinephrine into an anaphylactic patient helped them recover much faster. “Someone please call 112 and have an ambulance ready to take this crew member to the hospital in Gibraltar. And does anyone else here have basic medical training to assist me?”


“I do,” a man said, the voice deep and oddly familiar. “I’m a doctor as well.”


He weaved through the crowd on the bridge and knelt opposite Cate. She hazarded a glance up at the new arrival and…


Oh, God! No. It couldn’t be.


And yet, it was. The man who’d disappeared from her life five years ago. ”

In the latest Harlequin Medical Romance by Traci Douglass, a GP is unexpectedly reunited with her prince and the father of her child…but will their reunion in the Mediterranean be able to overcome the pressures of parenthood and royal life?

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?

Also, there will be an exclusive online short read connected to this story on the Harlequin website this month (12/21) that’s a prequel scene to THE GP’S ROYAL SECRET, called THE SECRET PRINCE’S CHRISTMAS WISH, if you’d like to check that out as well! 👑

Until next time, Happy Merry Bright and Sparkly, and I’ll see you in 2023! 🎅🎄⛄️❄️🎁

P.S. A QUICK SCHEDULING NOTE:

The LOVE IS THE BEST MEDICINE blog will be taking a two-week break after today for the Christmas and New Years holidays. We’ll be back in January 2023!

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‘Tis The Season To Be Romantic!

Some of you may have already met me – as the overly excitable new Harlequin employee – but if you haven’t, I’m Soraya. The new associate editor to the sensational, vibrant team full of romance enthusiasts! I have quiet the hectic publishing history, so just hold on with me! Before joining this amazing team, I was at a literary agency working with some brilliant fiction and non-fiction authors, before that I was a literary scout. 

For those not familiar with scouting, it is this incredible space that sits between publishers and agents, you read – very quickly – through all the manuscripts that are either on submission, or have been bought by a publisher, to report back to foreign publishing houses. This way, our reports can help a publisher decide whether the current ‘hot book’ in publishing, is something they’re looking for in their country, and whether it has any appeal in the foreign market. It also helps if you love publishing gossip in this role! 

Before that I worked as an editorial assistant for a children’s publisher, learning all about the trade and working on middle-grade and YA fiction! All these brilliant jobs have made me the editor I am today and give me the sort of insight and understanding of making a book that I wouldn’t have gotten otherwise. 

We all love Christmas – at least I hope we all do! – but I’m a specific brand of Christmas crazy. Even though I’m Muslim, I love getting into the Christmas vibe because it’s a feeling of togetherness and joy. Putting the tree up in November, putting on Christmas playlists at the first sign of cold weather and, of course, reading Christmas themed romance. 

We’re all here because of romance after all; that sensation of excitement, nervousness, and a slither of fear it elicits before the characters take the plunge is almost like a drug. In this case, we’ll call it that sweet, sweet serotonin rush! So, here’s my list of Harlequin Medical Romances that really get me into the Christmas mood! Enjoy a classic grumpy grinch/sunshine romance in Traci Douglass’ A Mistletoe Kiss In Manhattan, read about these two hurt doctors finding the joy and love in Christmas again – and each other – in Saving Christmas For The ER Doc by Kate Hardy, and if you love forced proximity, enemies to lovers romances give Snowbound With Her Off-Limits GP by Annie Claydon a go!

  

And those are my recommendations, with many more amazing books to come, Harlequin Medical Romance has an amazing line for all you readers in the next coming months. Keep your eyes peeled, you won’t want to miss it! 

If you have any suggestions for me, leave it in the comments! I always love a recommendation! 

Soraya x

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!

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Exclusive Excerpt: A Mistletoe Kiss in Manhattan

Hi All!

Here in North America it is the height of Autumn and the leaves are turning brilliant colors. There’s a chill in the air and the possibility of the first snowflakes where I live as soon as a few days from now. And while we haven’t even celebrated Halloween yet, my next release is coming out November 1st and it’s a holiday Medicals!

A Mistletoe Kiss in Manhattan is a spin on the old Grinch retelling with a grumpy surgeon and a sunshine nurse thrown together to make a sick child’s Christmas wish come true. I had a ball writing this one and hope you love Emma and Thad’s story as much as I go.

To get you into the holiday mood a little early, please enjoy this exclusive excerpt from the book:

Thad scrubbed down again, then returned to the locker room to change. It had been a long night, and a glance at his Omega watch showed it was well into the morning hours now. All he wanted was a hot shower and a long sleep. But what he found, waiting in front of his locker, was a smiling woman wearing a bright green sweater with a reindeer on the front, looking like she’d stepped off the front of a greeting card. For a second, Thad wondered if he’d slipped into some kind of glycemic hallucination without knowing it.
“Dr. Markson,” she said, cheerful as one of Santa’s elves, setting Thad’s teeth on edge. She seemed vaguely familiar to him, but he couldn’t place from where and didn’t want to bother at that point. It had been a grueling day and he just wanted to go home.
“How did you get in here?” he said, moving past her to his locker. “Only hospital staff are allowed in this area. I could have you arrested for trespassing.”
Seemingly undeterred by his churlishness, she continued to smile. “I work here, Dr. Markson. Emma Trudeau.” She held out a hand to him, which he promptly ignored. “I’m a nurse in the emergency department here at Manhattan West. We’ve worked a couple of cases together in the ER.”
Well, that explained the familiarity then. Thad turned away to begin pulling out his clothes. “What do you want?”
Most people, when confronted with his brusque manner, either scurried away or simply gave up. It both impressed and irritated him that this petite woman did neither. He did not have the time or patience for this tonight. Normally, Thad would never disrobe in front of a stranger, but given she seemed to have no qualms about invading his personal boundaries, he gave little regard to hers and pulled off his scrub shirt, leaving him bare-chested.
“I…” She stopped when his shirt came off, her bright smile fading a little as her cheeks heated. Then she looked away fast and cleared her throat, her perky tone back in place. “I’ve been put in charge of the hospital’s holiday charity event this year, our Wish Star Program.”
“My condolences.”
His sarcasm bounced off her like sunlight off an icicle and she continued unfazed. “As part of my preplanning I was tasked with finding a partner to help me with the event. Someone whose qualities would complement my own and help to make this year’s Wish Star Program the best one ever.”
Thad paused in the middle of buttoning his dress shirt to stare at her, one brow raised. He didn’t like where this was headed one bit. “And that has anything to do with me how?”
“I’ve chosen you to be my partner.” She beamed at him like that was some kind of honor. In other circumstances, Thad might have found her attractive, might have said her smile was nice. Very nice. Now it was one more nuisance he didn’t need.
“No.” He undid the tie at the waist of his scrub pants. “And unless you’d like a full strip show, I suggest you turn around.”
Her wide dark eyes flickered down to his lower half then back up before she swiftly pivoted away, her cheeks pink again. Thad couldn’t say the last time he’d met a woman who blushed. Would’ve been endearing if this whole situation wasn’t so annoying. The pump at his lower back beeped a notification, signaling he needed to eat soon. He quickly pulled on his suit pants and tucked in his shirt before zipping up and buckling his Italian leather belt. He did not have time for this nonsense.
“No?” she asked, the word emerging as more of a squeak from where she faced away from him.
“No,” Thad repeated as he sat down to put on his shoes. With her turned away, he had a chance to assess her. Slim, with a slight curviness to her hips and behind. Long dark hair, braided neatly, hanging down her back. For a second he wondered if those braids felt as soft as they looked before he shoved that silliness aside. He was exhausted and hungry, that’s all. “I have neither the time nor the interest to participate in your little project, Nurse…”
“Trudeau,” she said, a tad firmer this time. “Emma Trudeau.”
Thad took a deep breath, then tugged on his suit coat and grabbed his phone before closing his locker and tossing his dirty scrubs into a biohazard laundry bin nearby before heading for the exit. She probably wanted money. That seemed to be the most common “quality” people saw in him. “I’ll write you a check. How much?”
“Excuse me?” she said, following him.
“If it’s over a hundred thousand, it will take longer because I’ll have to go through my accountants to liquidate some assets.” Thad walked out into the brightly lit hall and toward the elevators, not slowing down for her at all. “If it’s under that amount, I’ll have someone drop off a check tomorrow. Who should I make it out to? The hospital or the charity?”
“I don’t want your money, Dr. Markson,” Nurse Trudeau said, waiting with him at the elevators. She was harder to shake than a two-ton snow globe. Her voice held an edge of steel now, her posture stiffer. “I want your help with this project. The planning, the preparing, the execution.”
Thad sighed, staring at the metal doors in front of him. “And I’ve told you what I can do.” “No, you haven’t.” She stepped a little closer, invading his personal space, a hint of her spicy-sweet scent surrounding him. “Dr. Markson, I realize this might be a foreign concept to a man such as yourself, but sometimes actual physical participation is a good thing.”
Thad scowled. “Physical participation?”
“Being present. Being involved. That’s what I mean. Getting your hands dirty.”
The elevator dinged and Thad hurried onboard, hoping to get away from his new, bothersome shadow, but no such luck. The woman followed him onto the elevator, then shut the doors on them, effectively locking him inside with her. “I need your help. I’ve already discussed it with the HR director and the chief of staff in a meeting earlier and they agree it would be good for you to participate. You have connections within the city to get this done quickly, and that’s what I need. The wish is due on Christmas Eve, so only a month away. That’s not long to help a child in need.”
Again with Christmas. Why was it haunting him this year? He stared at his reflection in the mirrored wall of the compartment across from him. Connections. She wanted his connections. Of course she did. Thad had learned from a young age that wealth meant power, and power brought out the worst in people. Everyone wanted something from him, even if it was just to disappear off the face of the earth, like his own father had. Well, Thad was through granting favors.
“A check. That’s the extent of my offer to you, Nurse Trudeau. Take it or leave it. I have time for nothing else.”
They arrived at the lobby and the doors opened. Thad walked out with Nurse Trudeau on his heels and headed toward the side exit, past the atrium. As he passed the Christmas tree, he found himself herded toward a small crowd gathered there, with lights blazing and cameras whirring.
“What the—?” He tried to pull free of Nurse Trudeau’s grip on his arm but found her harder to evade than he’d first guessed. “Unhand me!”
She let him go then, her smile back in place as they faced Dr. John Franklin and Jane Ayashi from HR.
“I’d like to file a formal complaint against this woman.” He pointed at Nurse Trudeau. “She’s been accosting me since I left the OR about some charity thing I want nothing to do with.”
“Later,” John said, nudging Thad to turn around and face the crowd. A lectern had been set up in front of them. “After the press conference.”
“Press conference?” Thad’s voice grew louder than the blood pounding in his ears. He felt out of control at that moment and hated it. “I’m not doing any press conference. I’ve not agreed to anything. My time is too valuable to waste on toy shopping or pizza parties.” He glared over at Nurse Trudeau, who now stood shoulder to shoulder with him as they formed a line behind the lectern. “And you can forget about the check now, too.”
“Never wanted it in the first place,” she shot back, her gaze straight ahead, her smile firm. “Help, Dr. Markson. You’re going to help me, and help a sick child, whether you like it or not. It’ll be good for you.”
“How dare you—” Thad blustered, only to be cut off by Dr. Franklin stepping up to the lectern.
“Thank you all for coming,” Dr. Franklin said, his deep voice echoing through the atrium like a herald of angels on high. “Our two Manhattan representatives, Nurse Emma Trudeau and Dr. Thaddeus Markson, are partnering this year to make one lucky child’s holiday wish come true on behalf of Manhattan West General Hospital. Nurse Trudeau, if you’d like to select a wish star…”
All eyes turned to the woman beside Thad, and she swallowed hard. Was she suddenly nervous? Good. Thad hoped she was after putting him through all this. He lived like a hermit for a reason and that was to avoid situations exactly like this one. How dare she impose herself like this on him? Who did she think she was?
He watched as she stepped up to the massive tree in the atrium. The thing had to be at least thirty feet high to reach the top. And the lower third was covered with stars handmade by kids in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit here at Manhattan West. All colors and sizes and shapes of wrapping paper and glitter-covered cardboard. Thad’s chest constricted even more, this time from painful memories of creating a star like this himself when he’d been little. Not that he’d needed charity, but his caregivers had insisted he make one anyway…
In an instant he was back in that cold, lonely hospital room, staring out the window at the snow falling and wishing he was anywhere else but there…
Applause broke out as Nurse Trudeau selected a star, jarring Thad back to the present.
She walked over to Dr. Franklin at the lectern.
“Which child’s is it?” one of the reporters asked. “What did they wish for?”
Nurse Trudeau stepped up to the microphone. “This year’s Wish Star recipient is Ricky Lynch,” she said. “He’s nine and he’s got a brain tumor.” She blinked down at the star in her hands. From where Thad stood he could see the painstakingly neatly printed bold block letters. “He wants a carnival, with free candy and games and a carousel, for all the kids in the Manhattan West Pediatric Intensive Care Unit to ride.”
The words slowly penetrated the fog of adrenaline in Thad’s brain. Oh God. A carnival?
He’d wished for something similar on his star all those years ago. A tiny pinch pricked from the center of Thad’s chest, somewhere in the vicinity of his heart.
No. No, no, no.
He refused to allow his past to rule over him again. He’d spent far too long locking it away where it belonged. And certainly not for some woman who’d bamboozled him into this whole situation in the first place.
Not happening.
Cameras clicked and reporters shouted more questions at them, but Thad didn’t care about any of it. He only cared about getting out of there and away from all of this horrible mess and even more so away from the woman who was now standing beside him again, smiling and holding his arm like he was a willing participant in all this. Worst of all, it felt nice, her touching him. Oddly comforting. As if he wasn’t alone anymore, as he’d been alone so long. And that’s when he knew he needed to leave. Now.
With more force than was probably necessary, Thad yanked free and walked away from the crowd, ignoring the calls of his name behind him. All he wanted was to get back to the safety of his town house, get away from these people, get locked away in his study and never come out again. He was Thad Markson, of the New York Marksons, and he did not have time to deal with organizing a charity event or making a kid’s wish come true or the most annoyingly attractive woman he’d met in years. Maybe ever.
“Dr. Markson,” Nurse Trudeau called after him, but he was already out the door.
Bah humbug indeed.


If you enjoyed this excerpt, please check out A Mistletoe Kiss in Manhattan at the link below and until next time, Happy Reading!

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…

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Starting Over

Change. I’m not sure about you, but for me change can be…difficult. Even when I’m the one choosing to do it, there’s still that uncomfortable transition period. The one full of aches and pains and the inevitable ugh of wondering what the heck I was thinking, deciding to do this (whatever this is). And yes, change is inevitable. Yes, change can be good. Still doesn’t mean you aren’t losing something, leaving something behind.

And what about those changes we don’t choose? The ones thrust upon us unexpectedly? Those are the worst, right? The diagnosis. The loss of a job or a loved one or something else we thought was solid and dependable. And now it’s just…gone. Without a word or a trace, leaving us with a gaping hole of grief and shock.

As a woman in her fifties, I can look back on my life and see a pattern of when these major, life-shifting changes took place. Mine usually seem to occur in decade-long cycles–as if ten years is my limit for happiness with a particular situation. In my twenties, thirties and forties, I can mark moments when a big change occurred–a new career, a new home , the loss of parents or mentors or beloved pets who I thought would be around forever.

Sounds silly, but I’d hoped those major changes were behind me. Of course, the minute you think everything is settled…Boom. Change happens. The last three months for me have been…not great. Upheaval. Unexpected job loss, unexpected financial issues, unexpected COVID infection and other illnesses that threw my little universe into a tailspin. Ugh. Not again, I thought. Seriously. I’m getting way to old for this s&*t!

Life, huh? It’s always something, right?

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But unless you give up and go live in a cave, (and believe me, the thought did occur) you have to find a way through. This phase is different for everyone, depending on what you’re facing. For me, it was getting my finances in order and finding a new job. Hopefully one where I could pay my bills and continue working from home, plus one that would utilize my writing skills in a way that sustained me and didn’t drain me as my old job had. Let me tell you, those jobs are not easy to find, despite what the news reports say.

And if I’m honest? I’d known for a while that a change was necessary. Had inklings. Ideas. But I’d brushed them off. Told myself I’d get to it one day, when I had the time or the desire to make the change. Right. Like that day would come. So, fate took the decision out of my hands, I suppose. Does knowing that ultimately this might be for the best make the situation easier? Uh, no. Did it make me happier about all the ugh I was facing? Definitely not. But deep down, I knew that if I kept going, eventually things might not suck as much as they did then.

Because, despite everything, I’ve always believed all things happen for a reason. We might not see that reason or understand it, but it’s still there. So, I trudged on. Applied for untold numbers of jobs, did interviews, kept writing because “deadlines”, even though getting those words down some days was like pulling teeth. And eventually, infinitesimally, things began to improve. Then one day one of those interviews turned into a job offer over a month later. A remote position doing what I loved, but in a different capacity. As an editor for an independent press and not as a writer.

Finally, I’d emerged from the dark cocoon and saw light again.

Are things perfect now? Nah. But perfection is boring. But maybe, just maybe, I’m in a better spot. Not one I could ever have imagined three months ago, but one that fits for me, like it was meant to be. Because it was.

And speaking of change and starting over…

My latest release, Their Barcelona Baby Bombshell, deals with all this messy stuff too. Two people who’ve been through things in their past and have persevered. Both moving forward and exploring what their next step should be when fate throws them together–not once, but twice–and with life-altering results. I hope you’ll check out Isabella and Carlos’s story and I hope if you find yourself in the midst of a big life change–whether chosen or not–that you persevere and keep moving forward. I’ll be here on the sidelines, cheering you on, one survivor to another!

Until next time, Happy Reading!

One hot encounter…

One shocking consequence!

Paramedic Isabella Rivas doesn’t do commitment and entanglement. She had enough of that raising her five siblings after their mother died. But one red-hot night with a sexy stranger doesn’t count, right? Except that single passionate encounter results in an unexpected pregnancy! And when she meets Carlos Martinez’s familiar guarded eyes over a patient in the ER, she realizes that life has just got a whole lot more complicated…

New Releases

July New Releases

Happy July! I wrote this post way back in May because I’m on a cross country trip at the moment. One I plan to use to read and relax. And what’s than a bunch of new medical romances?

Congrats to Allie Kincheloe on her 5th book and Sue MacKay on her 40th! Amazing work!

Their Barcelona Baby Bombshell by Traci Douglass

One hot encounter…One shocking consequence!

Paramedic Isabella Rivas doesn’t do commitment and entanglement. She had enough of that raising her five siblings after their mother died. But one red-hot night with a sexy stranger doesn’t count, right? Except that single passionate encounter results in an unexpected pregnancy! And when she meets Carlos Martinez’s familiar guarded eyes over a patient in the ER, she realizes that life has just got a whole lot more complicated…

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

Night Shift in Barcelona

Book 1: The Night They Never Forgot by Scarlet Wilson
Book 2: Their Barcelona Baby Bombshell by Traci Douglass
Book 3: Their Marriage Worth Fighting For by Louisa Heaton
Book 4: From Wedding Guest to Bride? by Tina Beckett

The Nighty They Never Forgot by Scarlet Wilson

Sparks fly when former rivals reunite in this latest Harlequin Medical Romance from award-winning author Scarlet Wilson!
From the one who got away……to forever by her side?

Cardiothoracic surgeons Caitlin McKenzie and Count Javier Torres meet again at Santa Aelina University Hospital. Twelve years ago, their competitive days at med school culminated in an impulsive and unforgettable night. Now, as Caitlin prepares to perform a life-changing surgery, the fire between the former rivals is reignited on the night shift—and suddenly it’s not just the patient’s heart that’s on the line…

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

Night Shift in Barcelona

Book 1: The Night They Never Forgot by Scarlet Wilson
Book 2: Their Barcelona Baby Bombshell by Traci Douglass
Book 3: Their Marriage Worth Fighting For by Louisa Heaton
Book 4: From Wedding Guest to Bride? by Tina Beckettread less

Saving the Single Mom’s Heart by Allie Kincheloe

Could the arrival of a new EMT be the answer to her broken heart? Find out what happens in Allie Kincheloe’s latest Harlequin Medical Romance.

Can he give her the happy-ever-after…

…she’s stopped herself dreaming of? Seven years ago, nurse Jess was pregnant and abandoned by her son’s father. Ever since, it’s been Jess’s little family against the world! So the last thing the single mom needs is for the arrival of handsome emergency medical technician Beckett to throw her finally well-ordered life into chaos. When a storm arrives, Jess and Beckett must fight to save their town. But can their intense connection also save her broken heart?

Fling with Her Long-Lost Surgeon by Sue MacKay

In the latest Harlequin Medical Romance from Sue MacKay, a fling with the surgeon from her past is just what the doctor ordered!

Is the surgeon from her past……the answer to her future? Gynecologist Georgie has sworn off love for good—she’s already lost more than she can bear. So when brooding surgeon Blake returns to town, the attraction zinging between them is something she should ignore. Yet Blake understands her more than anyone… Since he’s only back temporarily, a fling could be just what the doctor ordered! Georgie tells herself it can never be forever—until she realizes how happy she is in his arms!

Cornish Reunion with the Heart Doctor by Louisa George

Find out what happens when two best friends reunite and their chemistry is almost too much to handle in Louisa George’s latest Harlequin Medical Romance.

He’s her best friend…but could he be something more? Pediatrician Lexi can’t wait for her friend cardiologist Jono to move home from Australia. After pouring her heart and soul out to Jono long-distance during her divorce, their emotional bond is strong, but the raw chemistry of their reunion after five years astounds her! And when a Cornish wedding leads to a night of breathtaking passion, Lexi must decide—does she dare risk their precious friendship for the hope of everything she’s ever wanted?

A Paramedic to Change Her Life by Alison Roberts

In the latest Harlequin Medical Romance from Alison Roberts, a doctor falls for a paramedic just as she’s decided to have a baby—alone!

Taking a risk…For the miracle of a baby!

Dr. Jo has always wanted a family but never found the right man or the right time. Now, on the eve of her forty-sixth birthday, she decides to make her dream a reality—alone. But when fearless paramedic Cade bursts into her life, she falls headfirst and offtrack! Cade has been running from his heartache and grief, but could Jo and her desire to have a family be just what he needs, too?

Happy Reading!

New Releases

May New Releases

Happy May! It felt like forever to reach this month. In my part of the world it was SNOWING up until now. SMH.

That’s okay, when it snows it means I can curl up with some good books to read and we have plenty of new releases for that.

Congrats to Karin Baine on her 20th book and Charlotte Hawkes on her 20th book too!

Shock Baby for the Doctor by Charlotte Hawkes

An unforgettable night has consequences that will change this surgeon’s life forever in the first story in Charlotte Hawkes’s exciting new Billionaire Twin Surgeons duet!A blast from the doctor’s past……brings a baby into his future! Billionaire surgeon Basilius has just one rule: don’t get attached! After a childhood where Bas was only ever let down by those closest to him, he’s hesitant to trust anyone. So why can’t he stop thinking about nurse Naomi after four and a half months? Still, as Bas fights to forget her, he hits a stumbling block. Naomi is back as his new colleague—and she’s carrying his baby!

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

Billionaire Twin Surgeons

Book 1: Shock Baby for the Doctor
Book 2: Forbidden Nights with the Surgeon

Miracle Baby, Miracle Family by Alison Roberts

Returning home could lead to a life the nurse never expected! Enjoy this wonderful reunion romance from Harlequin Medical Romance author Alison Roberts.A family……to change the nurse’s life! Nurse Isobel has no doubt. Returning home will be anything but easy. Especially as being back in England means being back in her ex Dr. Rafe’s life. Rafe was once the man whom Isobel almost found happily-ever-after with. Now he’s the single father of adorable twin boys! Yet it’s when Isobel discovers that she has an orphaned newborn niece in the NICU that their lives truly collide. Will their reunion be for good this time?

Island Reunion with the Single Dad by Traci Douglass

Will the heartbroken doc take her second chance with the single dad? Find out in this emotional and uplifting Harlequin Medical Romance from USA TODAY bestselling author Traci Douglass.

Home is…
…where the doctor is?

Widowed Dr. Morgan needs a fresh start! But the first man that Morgan meets on Whidbey Island in Washington State plunges her back ten years…to a passionate encounter she’s never forgotten. Dr Ely is now a single dad—and her new, if temporary, colleague! Yet as their connection bursts back into life, Morgan’s resolve to protect her broken heart is sorely challenged. Dare she let herself dream of forever again?

Forbidden Nights with the Surgeon by Charlotte Hawkes

Flirting with the forbidden! Can they resist their attraction, or will they give in to temptation? Find out in the second story in Charlotte Hawkes’s Billionaire Twin Surgeons duet!Will one night……be enough?  It’s surgeon Rik’s first day at Thorncroft Royal Infirmary and his plan is simple: to reunite with his long-lost brother and put the ghosts of their past to rest. Until Rik is reunited with Dr. Grace…who completely derails his plans! Because Grace is not just the woman whom he spent one unforgettable night with—she’s his brother’s best friend! With a connection this powerful, can they walk away from their off-limits temptation?

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

Billionaire Twin Surgeons

Book 1: Shock Baby for the Doctor
Book 2: Forbidden Nights with the Surgeon

A Princess in Naples by Becky Wicks

Travel to Naples with a princess as she swaps her tiara for a stethoscope—and an unexpected romance!—in Becky Wicks’s latest Harlequin Medical Romance.   Trading her tiara……for a stethoscope! After the very public explosion of her engagement, Princess Adrienne is dedicating every hour of every day to her medical training! Arriving in Naples, she’s ready to learn everything she can from esteemed Dr. Franco. If only it wasn’t so hard to prove that she is so much more than just a “privileged princess” to him! Yet as Adrienne battles for Franco to recognize her talent, she finds herself battling their fierce—and unexpected!—chemistry, too…

A GP to Steal His Heart by Karin Baine

A GP steps into the earl’s world in the latest Harlequin Medical Romance from author Karin Baine. See the sparks fly as these opposites attract!What happens……when opposites attract?Nobody is more dedicated to their job than Dr. Thomas. Which is why he struggles to accept that it’s time to take on a new job as the Earl of Morton. Not least because, by taking the title, Thomas must accept that he’s lost his father. So Thomas does not have the headspace for dynamic Dr. Daisy’s arrival. Until a flood hits Little Morton and together, they must fight the rising water and their rising attraction!

Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Romance Novels

New Beginnings

For us here in the Northern Hemisphere, Spring is upon us. Now, I say that with bit of sarcasm since where I’m at in the US Midwest, it’s April 18th and it’s snowing. Again.

Ugh.

This time of year, the weather can be so unpredictable here. Today, the high is in the 40s and snow. But by Saturday, the forecast temperatures are near 80 and sunny. Craziness.

Anyway, Spring is my favorite season because everything is so fresh and new and there’s a sense of possibilities in the air that I always find so inspiring, despite whatever else might be happening in my life or the world. It speaks of the power of rejuvenation and second chances. And boy, do I love a great second chance.

Speaking of which, I have a new book out next week on 4/26 that specifically speaks to second chances and new beginnings. Island Reunion with the Single Dad, features Dr. Morgan and Dr. Eli, both of whom have dealt with some stuff in life. They had one star-crossed night together a decade prior and now find themselves back together again to run a clinic on Whidbey Island, Washington. There’s lots of unresolved tension between them and enough chemistry to light up the entire West Coast US for years.

Here’s a little exclusive snippet from Island Reunion with the Single Dad to whet your whistle:

“What’s Boston like”? Seriously? Such a lame question.
He should have left after telling her about the case. That was what he’d intended to do. But no. Now he was sitting on her sofa asking her stupid questions instead of the things he really wanted to know about her, and…
Gah! This was all a mistake. A horrible miscalculation.
Except, the more time Ely spent around Morgan, the more he wanted. Seeing her in action today with the C-section had reminded him of her passion—in work, and in life in general. And while his life was neat and ordered and perfectly wonderful, it lacked passion. He wanted that passion back dearly.
Morgan watched him a moment, apparently as stunned by his silly question as he felt. But he couldn’t think of anything intelligent to ask her now that he was here. He, a physician, well respected in his field, had absolutely no game at all where this woman was concerned. Of course it didn’t help, either, when his gaze slid downward against his will to her breasts, their outline more pronounced since she’d crossed her arms beneath them, pushing them up and out into that soft fleece top she was wearing. His palms suddenly itched to touch them, cup them, see if they were as plump and full and just the right size like he remembered. He licked his dry lips and glanced away.
No. Stop looking there. Stop it.
And now his lower body was responding as well, dammit, as the tension inside him grew stronger. Heat climbed his neck from beneath the collar of his white button-down. Maybe she wasn’t going to answer. Maybe she sensed the things he was feeling. Maybe she’d kick him out on his butt as he deserved.
Instead, she just gave him an odd look and snuggled down farther in her chair. “Uh, Boston is a nice city. Brutal winters. Not that I saw much of them. I worked in the ER, and it was very busy, so I didn’t have much free time.”
“Right.” His pulse thumped harder against his temples. Now that he couldn’t look at her boobs, it seemed that was all he wanted to do. But he couldn’t. Nope. He wasn’t that type of man, ruled by his desire. Flustered, he asked the next question that popped into his head, which turned out to be the complete wrong one. “Is that where you met your husband?”
Hell.
Morgan’s gaze narrowed, and Ely rushed to cover his blunder.
“Sorry. No idea why I asked that.”
Stop talking, idiot.
He couldn’t. “I mean, I’d like to get to know you better, but…” He swiped a hand through his hair and looked away. “I didn’t mean anything by it.”
Morgan untucked her legs from beneath her, placing her pink sock–covered feet on the floor. And now he was looking at her toes, wondering what she’d do if he massaged them, kissed them…
What the hell is wrong with me? Leave. Now.
But he couldn’t stand up without knocking into her, because she was close now, too close. Close enough for him to catch the scent of her perfume, something floral and sweet and entirely too intoxicating for his liking. He clenched his jaw, a small muscle ticking in his cheek.
“I’m sorry,” he said again, because that seemed to be all he could say tonight. Why couldn’t he just let it drop? That would be the easy thing to do, but then, nothing was easy with Morgan, and damn if he didn’t like it that way. His blood pounded, and his chest burned. He felt more alive than he had in years. Everything seemed sharper, clearer, including that pinch of regret that had never quite gone away where she was concerned, even after a decade apart from her. The one that got away.

If you liked that (I hope you did!), consider checking out the rest of the book. Link here:

Home is…
…where the doctor is?

Widowed Dr. Morgan needs a fresh start! But the first man that Morgan meets on Whidbey Island in Washington State plunges her back ten years…to a passionate encounter she’s never forgotten. Dr Ely is now a single dad—and her new, if temporary, colleague! Yet as their connection bursts back into life, Morgan’s resolve to protect her broken heart is sorely challenged. Dare she let herself dream of forever again?

Until next time, Happy Reading! 🤓📚❤️

Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Romance Novels

2021. So that happened.

Me, still processing 2021. 2022 coming in three weeks.

Hi all!

It’s that time of year again where we all settle in for the holidays and all the ‘Best of” lists start to appear. Many people begin to think about the last twelve months. Some things that happened to us were good. Some things, not so much. But whatever happened, if you’re reading this, then we survived. So cheers to us!

Since I truly believe that what we focus on becomes our reality, I’ve been doing a lot of work on myself regarding gratitude and mindfulness and manifesting the things I wish to see more of in my life. To that end, today I thought I’d share with y’all three things that happened to me this year that I’m so very thankful for. Here goes:

1. My home office re-do is complete!

This project has been a long time in the making. Below at the “Before” pictures. It’s a 3rd bedroom in my home that no one uses. As you can see by the dusty treadmill there in the back, I’d had dreams of this being a workout room when I first move in, but eventually, it just turned into catch-all clutter space. Filled with boxes and mementos and anything else I didn’t have the time or spoons to deal with at that moment. There was also a desk in here, where that blank space is against the wall in the second pic. It’s where I started my writing career, but after my mom’s passing in 2013, I was just too sad to return to it. When I did start writing again in 2016, I did so slumped over my kitchen table because there was so much stuff in this room by then, you couldn’t even see the desk anymore. It was too overwhelming. Until April of 2021 when I couldn’t stand not having a dedicated space for my writing career anymore and…

Before…

After!

I seriously LOVE my office so much now. Lots of storage, everything has it’s place and all the furniture matches. I’ve got my stand-sit desk and under desk elliptical to make sure I get my exercise in and the whole vibe of the space is very light and uplifting. It’s my new favorite room in the house!

2. My new pup Karley!

After my beloved pup and writing partner Clara passed away at the end of September this year, I was devastated. She’d been with me for fifteen years and it was like losing a beloved family member. Grieving, I wasn’t going to get another dog right away. But fate intervened and Karley arrived in my life on October 16th. And after nearly two months with me, Karley’s settling in nicely, I think. Oh, and I had her DNA tested and she’s a Schnese. Gesundheit. LOL! A miniature schnauzer-havanese mix. And 100% the bestest girl! ❤️

3. Author Milestones!

When I published my first book with the Medicals line back in 2018, I had no idea that just three years later, my 10th book with the line would come out. Wow! I’m so proud of Costa Rican Fling with the Doc, my first seasoned romance with older protagonists, and I’m so grateful to all you readers who allow me to keep doing what I love to do by buying my books. Cheers to me writing ten more Medicals books with the line, eh? Oh, and here’s the link if you want to check out Gabe and Sara’s story for yourself!

Proud to publish my 10th book with the line, Costa Rican Fling with the Doc!

So, there are 3 good things that happened to me this year. With so much darkness and uncertainty in the world, let’s shine a light on joy! I’d love to hear what awesome things have happened for you this year too. Please tell me in the comments!

And until next year, I wish you and yours peace and love and every good thing you desire! Happy Reading! 🤓📚❤️