Andrews, Amy, Swept Away by the Seductive Stranger

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Andrews, Amy, Swept Away by the Seductive Stranger,  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2016).

Title:  Swept Away by the Seductive Stranger

Author:  Amy Andrews

Imprint:  Medical

Issues:  Injury; Self Esteem

Blurb:

When that guy on the train turns out to be your boss!

Nurse Felicity Mitchell’s train journey of a lifetime is even more unforgettable when she meets Callum Hollingsworth. Neither is looking for temptation, but that doesn’t stop them from sharing one hot, wild night!

Except when they disembark, they learn that what happened on the train won’t stay on the train. Because the gorgeous stranger is Flick’s new boss…and it’s increasingly difficult to keep their chemistry under control and leave it at just one night!

Dear Reader,

When I was asked to write a duo with Emily Forbes centering around a house swap, I leaped at the chance.  I simply adored the movie The Holiday, and thought the concept would be great to play around with.  There are no snowy cottages or Jude Laws in this one, but there is Outback Australia, a delicious wounded doc and a no-nonsense small-town nurse who’s superwary of love – particularly when it comes in the form of a very temporary locum.

I was also thrilled finally to be able to put a train in a book!  In 2012 my husband and I travelled on the Indian Pacific from Sydney all the way across the country to Perth, and I have been wanting to put that trip in a book ever since.  Growing up as the daughter of a railway man, I’ve always felt trains are in my blood, and some of my happiest childhood memories involve train trips with the family.  There’s just something so romantic about saloon cars, moonlit landscapes flitting by and two strangers making love all night to the clickerty-clack of the rails against the track.

I hope you enjoy the journey through this book as much as I did bringing it to you.

Happy reading – and all aboard!

Amy

Maguire, Meg, Taking Him Down

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Maguire, Meg, Taking Him Down (Wilinski’s, Book 2),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2013).

Title:  Taking Him Down (Wilinski’s, Book 2)

Author:  Meg Maguire

Imprint:  Desire

Issues:  Injury

Blurb:

Rules of the Ring…  No unsportsmanlike conduct

Matchmaker Lindsey Tuttle always thought Rich Estrada was a whole lot of sexy. What’s not to lust after? He’s a gorgeous, flirty mixed martial arts fighter. When they find themselves heating up during an unexpected-and super-intense-make-out session, Lindsey is ready…until Rich ends it with no explanation.

Three rounds…

Now it’s almost a year later, and Rich has a broken foot,  which means a frustrating recovery back in Boston before  his next fight. But this could be the perfect time for a rematch  with a sexy little matchmaker….

And minimal clothing!

There’s no denying the chemistry between them. It’s full-contact, no-holds-barred attraction…and only one can be on top!

Dear Reader,

Welcome back to Wilinski’s Fight Academy!  Got your shorts?  Mouth guard?  Hands wrapped and gloves secured?  Then let’s go!

If you read Making Him Sweat, you’ve already met Rich Estrada – rising MMA star and shameless flirt.  The only thing more powerful than his right hook is that Boston accent.  I’ve pitted him against another familiar face, fledgling matchmaker Lindsey Tuttle.  She’s a tough opponent; freshly single and more than a little skeptical when it comes to swaggery men.  Good luck with that, Rich.

These stories have been a blast to work on.  I love writing fighters.  As someone who practiced Tae Kwon Do long enough to realize beyond the shadow of a doubt that she possess absolutely zero bloodlust, I envy men and women who can step into a ring and square off with another person on such a primal level.  I’m all flight and no fight.  Probably explains why I’m a runner, not a kickboxer.

But whether you’re a wuss like me or a total badass, I hope you’ll enjoy!  And if you close this book wanting more, keep an eye out for the next story in the series, Driving Him Wild, in which Wilinski’s very first female trainer goes head-to-head with the absolute worst electrician ever licensed in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Happy reading!

Meg Maguire

Hoffmann, Kate, The Mighty Quinns: Rourke

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Hoffmann, Kate, The Mighty Quinns:  Rourke (The Mighty Quinns, Book 25),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2013).

Title:  The Mighty Quinns:  Rourke (The Mighty Quinns, Book 25)

Author:  Kate Hoffmann

Imprint:  Blaze

Issues:  Bipolar Disorder; Bullying; Gendered Expectations (Women); Injury; Suicide

Blurb:

Her hero. Her savior.  And her undoing. Rourke Quinn found her on the storm-tossed shores of  Cape Breton. The woman in his arms was unconscious and bleeding. And Rourke knew her. Annie MacIntosh was the  town outcast—a wild thing. And as untamed and beautiful  as the Atlantic itself. This storm was just the thing to keep  Rourke as close to her as he dared….

Annie grew up fiercely independent. She was a survivor, needing no one and nothing. She cut herself off from the town and society, relying only on her raw need for survival. But Rourke unleashes a hunger she never knew existed. This man—this stranger—satiates an appetite she hardly dared imagine. It’s more exiting and more turbulent than that storm that rages outside. And Rourke has only one chance with the wild girl he can’t live without…before losing her to a world he can never be part of…

Dear Reader,

One of my favorite things about writing books for Harlequin is the opportunity to explore interesting new places.  When I decided to do this latest quartet of Mighty Quinn books, I was excited to have the chance to choose four very different settings, in various parts of the world.  Of course, the final book had to be set in Ireland, but for this book, I played with the settings of Central America and Africa before deciding on the island of Cape Breton in Canada.

With its vibrant Celtic culture and old lighthouses, I knew right away that this was the perfect place for a Qunn to fall in love – with the countryside and the heroine!

So, for all my Canadian fans, this one’s for you.  I hope I’ve represented this beautiful corner of your country well.  I think it’s the perfect place for Rourke and Annie to find their happy ending.

Enjoy!

Kate Hoffmann

Watt, Jeannie, The Bull Rider’s Homecoming

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Watt, Jeannie, The Bull Rider’s Homecoming,  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2016).

Title:  The Bull Rider’s Homecoming

Author:  Jeannie Watt

Imprint:  Western Romance

Issues:  Injury; Parenthood;

Blurb:

Is this his home?

Single mom Annie Owen is so busy raising her twin girls, there’s no time to focus on the “single” part…until rugged Trace Delaney temporarily moves nearby. Annie’s interest in Trace is more than neighborly, but she can’t risk losing her heart to a bull rider on the move. 

Trace is a rolling stone. Or so he thought. Settling down suddenly seems a lot more appealing if it’s with smart, gorgeous Annie and her girls. But they deserve someone they can count on. Is Trace ready to be that man, or will he run from the only place, and the only woman, that ever felt like home?

Dear Reader,

What happens when a man who believes he’s destined to live his life alone gets involved with a single mother and her twin daughters?  That man’s life gets turned upside down, that’s what.

Trace Delaney’s childhood consisted of one upheaval after another, and he grew up believing he wasn’t meant to stay in one place for too long.  His career as a professional bull rider serves him well.  He’s always on the road-or rather, he was, until he agrees to take care of a fellow bull rider’s ranch whilst recovering from surgery.  That’s when Annie Owen and her seven year-old twins enter Trace’s life.  He doesn’t want to get involved with the family.  Truly he doesn’t.  But he discovers that resisting gentle Annie and her girls is even harder than staying on a rank bull for eight seconds.  Now he has to make the hard decision as to whether to stay or go.

As a bull rider’s sister, Annie knows that stuff happens in life and you have to work your way through it or around it, but she’s never come up against anyone quite as stubborn, or as attractive, as Trace.  She’s determined to make a stable home for her girls, but she also feels a strong desire to convince Trace that just because he never has stayed in one place for long, it doesn’t mean that he can’t.

I loved writing Trace and Annie’s story, which is the second installment of my Montana Bull Riders miniseries.  I hope you enjoy the story. 

Happy reading!

Jeannie Watt

Rock, Karen, Someone Like You

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Rock, Karen, Someone Like You, (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2014).

Title:  Someone Like You

Author:  Karen Rock

Imprint:  Heartwarming

Issues:  Gendered Expectations (Women); Injury; PTSD

Blurb:

You can’t program love…or can you?

Kayleigh Renshaw has come up with the idea for a brilliant “compatibility app,” a new kind of matchmaking software. All she needs is a programmer to help her bring the idea to market…and she knows exactly who she wants. But Niall Walsh—a code whiz and her former best friend—has been avoiding her since he returned from Afghanistan. In spite of their history, and some sparks that go beyond friendship, he’s proving reluctant…. Is it her, or is something darker holding him back?

Dear Reader,

Romance is a tricky thing to find.  It can lurk in the most unexpected places, like right beneath your nose!  Such was the case for me and my husband of twenty years, Greg.  We were friends for a long time, and I often wished I could meet someone like him to have as a boyfriend.  Then one day it dawned on me.  I’d already met that person.  Greg!  It’s funny how once you’ve put someone in a category like “friend” it’s hard to take them out of it.  There’s fear that maybe they won’t fit as well in the new category “partner”, so many of us wait, reluctant to risk ruining the relationship and losing that person altogether.

It takes a big leap of faith and bravery to move your relationship out of the “friend zone”.  But when it pays off, you have both your best friend and the love of your life.  I recently asked, “What are your tips for lasting love?” in our Wholesome Romance:  Mills & Boon Heartwarming Goodreads group.  I was amazed at how many of our fantastic group members (and it’s an open group, so please join us!) responded by saying that friendship was a key ingredient to long-term happiness.

When I wrote Someone Life You, I drew on the idea that although there is fear and trepidation in moving beyond friendship, it is the best predictor of lifelong joy.  My main characters, Kayleigh and Niall, have been best friends since childhood.  They have a special bond neither wants to put at risk by following their hearts.  Yet finding true love takes real courage, which is, ultimately, the heart of this novel.

I would love to hear from you.  And about your own love stories.  To contact me, please email karenrock@live.com.  Thanks!

Karen

Marinelli, Carol, Surgeon in a Tux

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Marinelli, Carol, Surgeon in a Tux (200 Harley Street, Book 1), (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2014).

Title:  Surgeon in a Tux (200 Harley Street, Book 1)

Author:  Carol Marinelli

Imprint:  Medical

Issues:  Debt; Injury

Blurb:

Awakened by the boss!

Renowned plastic surgeon Leo Hunter has sacrificed everything to restore the Hunter Clinic to its former glory. Now this legendary playboy—equally at home in a tux as he is in his scrubs—always has a glamorous woman on his arm. So why is he drawn to his prim and uber-efficient new head nurse, Lizzie Birch? She’s the first woman in a long time who is resistant to Leo’s intoxicating charms. And it might break all his rules, but Leo can’t resist the challenge of unbuttoning the intriguing Lizzie!

Dear Reader,

I so enjoyed writing the first book for this wonderful 200 Harley Street continuity.

I am very glad that the editors choose who writes which story, because I confess, had it been left to me, I would have struggled to choose between the two brothers – Leo and Ethan Hunter.  Actually, had it been left to me, I’d have probably gone for the deliciously dark and tortured Ethan – but the editors do know best because I had been given Ethan I’d never have fallen in love with the reprobate Leo – and fall in love I did.

Yes, he was reeling me in by the time my gorgeous heroine, Lizzie, first picked up the phone and spoke to him.  He’s sexy, snobby, funny and, in his own way, just as tortured as Ethan.  I hope you love him too!

I can’t wait to read the rest of the stories and get back to the glamour and heartbreak at 200 Harley Street and find out what happens to the rest of the characters (especially Ethan!).

Happy reading!

 

Carol x

Kemerer, Jill, Small-Town Bachelor

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Kemerer, Jill, Small-Town Bachelor, (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2015).

Title:  Small-Town Bachelor

Author:  Jill Kemerer

Imprint:  Love Inspired

Issues:  Alcohol; Bereavement; Grief; Injury; Loss

Blurb:

A Place to Call Home

When Reed Hamilton arrives in Lake Endwell for a family wedding, he expects to do his part as best man then head back to the big city. But when a tornado postpones the wedding, the town is in shambles and Reed is injured. Thankfully maid of honor Claire Sheffield offers him one of her cottages to recuperate in.

Dedicated to her family and her dream job at the zoo, Claire is all about roots. She’s this city slicker’s opposite, yet as they help the town rebuild, Reed is captivated by her stunning looks and caring ways. He can’t ask Claire to leave the life she loves for him, but he also can’t imagine ever leaving her behind…

Anderson, Sarah M., Rodeo Dreams

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Anderson, Sarah M., Rodeo Dreams (Rodeo Dreamers, Book 1), (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2013).

Title:  Rodeo Dreams (Rodeo Dreamers, Book 1)

Author:  Sarah M. Anderson

Imprint:  Superromance

Issues:  Debt; Gendered Expectations (Men); Gendered Expectations (Women); Injury; Interracial Relationships; LGBTQ; POC; WOC

Blurb:

Love is one unpredictable ride

Ride straight to the top of the rodeo circuit—that’s June Spotted Elk’s dream. Yes, bull-riding is a man’s world, but she won’t let anyone—not even a sexy, scarred stranger—get in her way.

Seasoned bull rider Travis Younkin knows what it’s like to make it to the top—and then hit the bottom. Back in the arena to resurrect his career, he can’t afford a distraction like June. No matter how far he’ll go to protect her from the danger. No matter how deeply the stubborn and beautiful rider gets to him…

Dear Reader,

Welcome to the rodeo, where dreams are made – and broken – in eight seconds in the arena on the back of a two-ton bull.

Men like Travis Younkin have been riding bulls for years – and Travis has the scars to prove it.  He’s trying to make his way back to the top of the bull-riding world, but there’s one rider who’s standing in his way – June Spotted Elk.

June was born to ride bulls.  The fact that she’s a woman in a man’s world doesn’t slow her down in the least.  She’s out to prove she can ride with the big boys – and she’s not about to let something like an old schoolgirl crush on her favourite rider, Travis Younkin, get in her way.

Travis knows how dangerous bull riding can be and he’s determined to keep June safe.  But when his concern turns into something  more, they’re both risking their rodeo dreams.

Rodeo Dreams is a sensual story about fighting for your dreams and falling in love.  I hope you enjoy reading this book as much as I enjoyed writing it!  This book will always hold a special place in my life because I sold it almost six years after I wrote it.  Rodeo Dreams is a real-life example of the power of perseverance.  Be sure to stop by www.sarahmanderson.com and join me as I say long live cowboys!

Sarah M. Anderson

James, Sophia, High Seas to High Society

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James, Sophia, High Seas to High Society (Wellinghams, Book 1), (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2014).

Title:  High Seas to High Society (Wellinghams, Book 1)

Author:  Sophia James

Imprint:  Historical

Issues:  Bereavement; Gendered Expectations (Women); Guilt; Injury; Physical Disability; Visual Impairment

Blurb:

Asher Wellingham, Duke of Carisbrook, was captivated by her! He had happened upon Lady Emma Seaton swimming naked and, beyond her beauty, had seen the deep curling scar on her thigh— a wound that could only be the mark of a sword.

Who was this creature of contradictions? Something about her brought back tantalizing memories from the past. Her ill-fitting, threadbare clothes concealed the body of an angel, but what kind of woman truly lay behind her refined mask? Highborn lady or artful courtesan, she intrigued him and Asher wanted to possess both!

Drake, Dianne, Tortured By Her Touch

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Drake, Dianne, Tortured By Her Touch (Army Docs, Book 1),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2015).

Title:  Tortured By He Touch (Army Docs, Book 1)

Author:  Dianne Drake

Imprint:  Medical

Issues:  Injury; Paraplegic; Physical Disability

Blurb:

Ex-army doc Marc Rousseau might be devastatingly sexy, but he specializes in being difficult! No longer able to practice as a surgeon, he’s working with injured war veterans alongside stunning Dr. Anne Sebastian…the one woman who sees beyond his gruff exterior.

Marc knows Anne is off-limits – especially as she’s unlikely to trust any man again – but being around her is such sweet torture! And when a late-night swim leads to a steamy kiss, Marc and Anne start to wonder…dare they take a chance on a future together?

Dear Reader,

Back in the day, when I was actively pursuing a nursing career, I worked at the Veterans’ Hospital.  The patients I was fortunate enough to serve were a wholly amazing and heroic group of men and women.  It always amazed me to watch them fight their battles with such courage.

When I was asked to write this book I knew immediately where my setting had to be.  It was an honour to pay tribute to the brave soldiers who had once been under my care.  Especially in the persona of Marc Rousseau, a doctor who comes home from the war badly damaged.  My story is inspired by two people I know – people who fell in love despite great obstacles.  David is a paraplegic who married his nurse – an inspiring story because the disability was never part of their relationship.  True love sees no boundaries.

My heroine, Anne, never sees the disability in the man she loves.  All she wants to do is encourage him – the way all people in love want to encourage each other.  It’s a story of two people coming to terms with love, not disability.

I’d like to thank Mills and Boon for giving me the opportunity to show that love can shine through adversity.

Wishing you health and happiness…

Dianne

PS.  Please feel free to email me at DianneDrake@earthlink.net or connect to my Facebook page or Twitter account through links posted to my website at dianne-drake.com.