Meet the Character Blog Hop! Meet Josh Stanton

21471Hi! I’ve been tagged by the lovely Australian rural romance author, Lisa Ireland to participate in the Meet the character Blog Hop!  You can meet Lisa’s character here  and read all about her novel Breaking The Drought, here! :-)

So on with the character hop!

Untitled-5 Who are we meeting today?

Dr. Josh Stanton from Montana Actually, Book 1 in my new Medicine River series.If you check out my Pinterest board, there’s a photo of him there…can’t post here as I don’t own the photo.

Is he/she fictional or a historic person?
Josh is fictional but drawn from people I know :-)
 When and where is the story set?
Funnily enough, Montana Actually is set in Montana! It’s set in north-east Montana, about 50 miles from the beautifully rugged Rocky Mountains and gorgeous Glacier National Park.
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What should we know about him?
Josh is American and has a shirtload of student loan debt he is trying to write down. Just like in Australia, if a doctor ‘goes rural’ they get to write down their bonded time and debt faster so he leaves Chicago and heads to Montana. He may as well have gone to Mars!
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“The thirty cows blocking the road was a good indication to Dr. Josh Stanton that he was no longer in Chicago. That and the inordinate number of bloated roadkill with their legs in the air that he’d passed in the last few hours along Highway 2 as he traversed the north of Montana. Sure, Chicago had its fair share of flattened cats on its busy inner-city streets, but he’d stake his life no one living between North Halsted and North Wells streets had ever had to step over a deer.”
 What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?
Josh and his long time partner, Ashley, had made decisions to support each other’s’ careers, or at least that is what Josh thought when he moved to Chicago for Ashley. Three years later, Ashley refused to move to Bear Paw despite her firm being happy for her to telecommute for three years. Add that to his family’s disappointment he didn’t do surgery like the last five Stanton’s and the fact Bear Paw isn’t throwing him a ticker tape parade, life feels a lot like lemons when the book opens.
 When can we expect the book to be published or when was it published?
Montana Actually will be released in print and eBook in January 2015 and it just received a prestigious starred review from Publishers Weekly :-) :-)
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“In the first Medicine River contemporary, the charismatic little town of Bear Paw, Mont., hosts delightful characters whose interactions feel deep and real. Chicago doctor Josh Stanton decides to knock off some of his huge student loan debt by working in rural Montana. His fiancée declines to relocate to the boonies with him; heartbroken, he swears off lasting relationships. Nurse Katrina McCade returns to her hometown of Bear Paw to lick her wounds after an unhappy affair. Katrina and Josh are poleaxed by mutual lust, and they decide to become lovers with no strings attached—but as they begin confiding details of their lives, feelings change. The plot twists around medical emergencies, a second romance line involving Katrina’s brother, the troubles of a local youth, relationships between parents and children, and former lovers learning to be friends. All these elements contribute to the comfortable feeling of smalltown life. The witty conversations, family drama, and accurate (but never maudlin) descriptions of loss and grief will have the reader laughing out loud, wiping away tears, and eagerly awaiting future books. (Jan.)”

Read an excerpt of Montana Actually here!

Montana Actually releases on January 6th 2015 and you can preorder now and save money! Book Depository, Amazon, iBooksBarnes and Noble, Kobo, Google Play and at all stores where books are sold!

Now I’d like to tag and introduce you to the lovely Jennifer St George who will be doing the Character Blog Hop Thursday November 20th :-) Jennifer’s  Unknown-5a romance author whose sexy stories feature courageous, career-minded heroines, strong heroes in glamorous international settings. She has five books - Tempted by the Billionaire Tycoon (2014), The Billionaire’s Pursuit of Love (2014), The Love Deception (2013),Seducing the Secret Heiress (2013) and The Convenient Bride (2012) – published with Penguin’s digital-first imprint, Destiny Romance.

The Convenient Bride and Seducing the Secret Heiress have now been released together in print.  The Convenient Bride won the 2012 NZ Clendon Award. The Love Deception is nominated for 2013 ARRA Awards in the Favourite Short Category Romance section.

She spent the first 20 years of her career in corporate marketing and management consulting roles.  Some career highlights include launching Guinness beer in Russia; reaching 40 million people through a publicity campaign that  ‘gave away’ a pub in Ireland and launching the Ford Ka brand in Australia. Jennifer now lives in Byron Bay where she writes and undertakes the occasional marketing consulting role. She recently managed the Communications for the Byron Bay Writers Festival.

Runaway With Ben!

Aussie Readers, as you know, the Wedding Fever trilogy is currently being print published 1498e-runawaygroomin Australia. In September, the series kicked off with Saved By The Bride, introducing you to Whitetail and its cast of quirky characters. In October, we had all the fun of cows and dogs and sunflowers, not to mention a sexy farmer, in Picture Perfect Wedding. Now, in November, the final book in the trilogy, Runaway Groom is on shelf. YAY!

You can grab a copy at Target, Big W and Kmart! but only until December. Booktopia also has it.

In Runaway Groom,  we meet Aussie Ben, who is on the motorcycle ride of his life taking his vintage Harley Davidson from Argentina to Alaska!

redFor a guy who’s allergic to weddings, getting stranded in Whitetail, the town that lives and breathes weddings, is his worst nightmare.
So what’s Runaway Groom about? The blurb says…

Amy Sagar’s life is in ruins. Fired from her fast-track job and dumped by her double-crossing boyfriend, she retreats to Whitetail, Wisconsin, to lick her wounds and regroup. Meeting an impossible, sexy Australian isn’t part of her strategy for getting back on track.

Ben Armytage is running away. After being left at the altar and publicly humiliated, he’s taking his vintage motorcycle on an extended road trip from Argentina to Alaska. Having his journey interrupted by a breakdown and sharing a house with a curvy, redheaded lawyer in a town obsessed with weddings was never on his itinerary.

Though being stuck in a luxury log cabin isn’t really a hardship, living together with their riverfallbroken hearts isn’t easy. When the attraction between Amy and Ben proves unstoppable, they’ll both begin rethinking their plans…

Read an excerpt, here!

Reviews have been enthusiastic!

“If you’re a fan of well-written contemporary romance, I would suggest Runaway Groom. You get THREE HEA’s in one novel!!” Harlequin Junkies

“Fiona Lowe always has a way of mixing comedy with a sweet, hot, romance, Runaway Groom was no exception. There was a wonderful balance between the romance building between Amy and Ben and their own personal battles. It was a wonderful addition to the series.” Kristen Johnson Goodreads Reviewer

Runaway Groom is available on shelf for the next four weeks at Kmart, Big W, and Target. If you can’t get to the shops, you can order it from Booktopia.

Happy Reading!

Fiona x

November Means Basil

IMG_0584As I turn the calendar over to November I am very aware the end of the year is coming at me fast especially as I always cut up and soak my Christmas cake fruit the first weekend of November.  My eldest son will be home from college/university on the second weekend of the month as the academic year is over. Can’t believe he has finished two years already.

Later in the month, my parents are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary…wow those are a lot of years!!  We also have my husband’s birthday and and a music festival.  Garden wise, the roses are flowering and we’re busy planting for summer. Guaranteed, if I plant the basil it will bring the frosts back or a massive heat wave.  I have handed in the manuscript for Truly, Madly Montana so I imagine I will also be doing some editing. I’ve also had a sneak peek of the cover and it’s gorgeous :-)

Aussie Readers:  You have one week left to grab  Picture Perfect Wedding on shelf at 9781488756528_1014_PicturePerfectWedding_CVRBig W, Kmart and Target.

US ReadersSaved By The Bride and Picture Perfect Wedding are out in mass-market paperback and available to buy only from Harlequin.com.  Runaway Groom will be available in 2015.

Untitled-5Montana Actually is up for pre-order. YAY!  I’m really excited to tell you about my cover quote from NYT best-selling author, Catherine Anderson.

This is a funny, sexy, and heart-warming novel that I feel is a must – read and a keeper. It made me laugh. I loved each character, and wish I could visit Bear Paw. Catherine Anderson

Montana Actually, the first book in my new and exciting Medicine River series featuring sexy doctors and hunky cowboys releases January 6th but if you pre-order either the print or eBook copy from your favorite retailer, most of them have it at reduced price. All sale links are HERE and the Book Depository has FREE postage! 

Montana Actually features an uptight Chicago doctor who thinks he’s landed on Mars, a nurse practitioners who’s found herself back home for the first time in eight years and is reassessing her life, a ranching family, the sexiest cowboy you’ll ever meet and a town on the plains that risks being blown away by the north Montana winds. Read the first chapter here.  Check out the Pinterest page for photos of the setting and inspirations for the characters.

Wishing you a happy and healthy November.

Fiona x

And the Book is Done!

IMG_0575Family life got in the way numerous times while I was writing Truly, Madly Montana, book 2 of my Medicine River series so when Boy Wonder got on the plane to France at the start of October, I went into increasing hibernation so I could meet my October 30th.  This means I go no where and do not much else than write seven days a week.  I don’t think it’s healthy but it does keep my brain totally in the story!  I needed that after being pulled out of the book so often in the previous months.

I also pulled back on social media because I needed all the time I could get and given the constant noise out there in SM land, I doubt anyone noticed I was virtually AWOL, but I noticed something. I was a calmer without the constant bombardment of information. With the rise in screen use, decrease in exercise and the rise in teen/YA depression, I can’t help but think there are connections. I am not sure our brains/bodies have evolved enough to deal with it all.  Thoughts?

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Aussie Readers, Picture Perfect Wedding, my husband’s favorite book of mine (!) and book 2 of my Wedding Fever trilogy  is on shelf in print at Big W, Kmart and Target. Of course, it’s always available as an eBook and all the sale links are HERE.  With a 4.2 star rating at Goodreads, this book is well loved and comes with a cast of cute dogs, big, brown-eyed cows, cheery sunflowers and a very sexy farmer and the secondary hero is a firefighter. What more can you ask for ;-)

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I’ve seen the cover photo for Truly, Madly Montana and it’s just goregous and I can’t wait to show it to you. I’ve had a wonderful time creating the small town of Bear Paw for this book and for Montana Actually.

Montana Actually is up for pre-order now (print and eBook) so if you’re a fan of small town, contemporary romance,  you might want to check this out. Sexy doctors and hunky cowboys are just two reasons to pick it up. Read an excerpt here. It releases January 6th and you can order it from The Book Depository,  Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBooks, Google Play. Amazon and Google Play have it on sale at the moment for almost 50% off.

Now I’m off to play tennis, do a massive spring clean of the house, buy summer sandals, plant some annuals in the garden and get some balance back in my life. I’m not very good at balance….how do you do it?

Being on the Bottom of the World

hema_world_pol_inside_2This blog has also appeard over at Everyone Needs a Little Romance….

Australia is a very long way from Europe. Yes, we’re at the bottom of the world so it takes about 29 hours of elapsed time to fly to France. You wave them through the “International departures” doors at the airport, you drive the hour and a half home and arrive just as they take off. You do some work, you have dinner, watch TV and go to bed. You wake up, they are still in the air, you have breakfast, you have lunch and then around mid afternoon they technically arrive in Europe. Yes it is THAT long.

Four years ago I put my eldest son on a plane to France and waved him goodbye. This time, it’s his younger brother’s turn and I was a bit more sanguine about it. They go, they return, they have great experiences but a LOT has changed in four years.

There are now Flight tracker apps! The perfect thing for an OCD mother who wants to know exactly where the plane with her unnamedprecious cargo is. Oh! Kazakhstan. Oh the Black Sea suitably south of the Ukraine, yay! BTW, who KNEW how many planes there are in the sky at anyone time, right? Kinda scary! Unless you’re in Australia..not so many here.

Now there is free wifi in airports so  I got an iMessage from Boy Wonder sent from his iPod at each airport along the way.  I woke up to ‘we’re in Hong Kong” which had been sent hours ago.  I jumped on flight tracker to find they were delayed out of Hong Kong due to the riots and roads closed and people unable to get to the airport. This meant that they were going to miss their connecting flight out of Munich to Marseille, France.  I really didn’t want his host family turning up at 8am on their Saturday morning to collect him when he wasn’t there. But it was 1am in France. Hoping, she had her phone turned off, I iMessaged her as she conveniently has an iPhone. She replied saying she’d go to the airport anyway. Uh-oh! I tried to explain in French there was no point.

IMG_1437Then I worried…did we go to the tree planting in the afternoon  as planned which would be over the period of  when he landed in Munich and had to sort out flights. I wasn’t worried about him; although it is Boy Wonder’s first trip without us, it is his 9th overseas trip and he was with four other students. No, I was worried about the French mum!

But we had an iPhone so we went coastal tree planting where we camp each summer. Things don’t grow fast in this environment–salt, wind, sandy soil, a diminishing rainfall– and after the huge drought of four years ago, many trees had died so we’re replacing.  The first hour was uneventful; dig, plant, hammer in the tree guard, water, mulch and move on to the next one and then we checked the phone because BW was landing in Munich.

There was a message from France…’What flight will he be on? We haven’t heard from him.” (that would be because he was still in the air. Did I mention how far away Australia is ;-)  An email from Lufthansa, “The flight to Marseille is now this…”

So commenced a lot of  iMessages flying between Australia, Germany and France and  I was stuck by the fact I was sitting at the beach looking up flight times and texting around the world and HOW DIFFERENT that is from when I was an exchange student way back in the day when there was no contact at all until a very expensive international phone call when you finally arrived.

Even four years ago, there wasn’t free wifi in airports. I had no clue where The Lad was until he’d arrived.

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So Boy Wonder had four hours in Munich airport…we finished planting trees, came home, had dinner, watched TV and at 9pm our time, we got an iMessage and photo. He was in France! It only took him 35 hours from our front door  to his new French front door!

Now I have to rein in my texting to a letter on email once a week so he can fully enjoy his time without his hovering mother.  Did I mention I have the France time on the computer? The Aix en Provence weather? Google Earth where he’s living…

So now the challenge as a parent is to give your kids the space they need to mature and learn so how do you juggle the ability to be in constant contact with the need not to be?

Oh and book news? MontanaActuallyFINAL1

Montana Actually , Book 1 in the my new Medicine River series is up for pre-order now at ALL online bookstores. Both the print and the eBook version are currently reduced. Buy Links to all stores are here.

What’s it about? Take one sexy but uptight city doctor, one country woman who knows her way around a tool-box, throw in a hunky cowboy, a lot of cows and the spectacular scenery of the Montana rockies and that’s some of Montana Actually.

New York Times bestselling author,  Catherine Anderson said, “This is a funny, sexy, and heart-warming novel that I feel is a must – read and a keeper. It made me laugh. I loved each character, and wish I could visit Bear Paw.”

October News! Books and Stuff….

IMG_20141001_183349 October and the garden has exploded into life with the bulbs giving us much needed color :-)

Life is a little chaotic here at the minute as I juggle trying to write Truly, Madly Montana, book two in my Medicine River series and help my youngest son leave for France. He is very fortunate to be able to spend ten weeks at highschool doing Year 10/10th grade in Aix en Provence. This time last year, I was in the south of France cycling along the Canal du Midi, drinking rich and creamy chaud chocolate and eating my body weight in the most amazing food. Are my husband and I jealous of Boy Wonder getting three months over there? You bet!IMG_0044

Book News!  

Here’s a roundup of what’s happening book wise.9781488756528_1014_PicturePerfectWedding_CVR

Aussie Readers: On Monday October 13th Picture Perfect Wedding will be in print and on shelf in Australia :-) YAY! You can grab a copy at Big W, Kmart, Target as well as Booktopia. Runaway Groom hits the shelf November 10th!

US ReadersSaved By The Bride and Picture Perfect Wedding are out in mass-market paperback and available to buy only from Harlequin.comRunaway Groom will be available in 2015.

Untitled-5Montana Actually now has a cover and is up for pre-order. YAY!  I’m really excited to tell you about my cover quote from NYT best-selling author, Catherine Anderson.

This is a funny, sexy, and heart-warming novel that I feel is a must – read and a keeper. It made me laugh. I loved each character, and wish I could visit Bear Paw. Catherine Anderson

Montana Actually, the first book in my new and exciting Medicine River series featuring sexy doctors and hunky cowboys releases January 6th but if you pre-order either the print or eBook copy from your favorite retailer, most of them have it at reduced price. All sale links are HERE and the Book Depository has FREE postage! 

Montana Actually features an uptight Chicago doctor who thinks he’s landed on Mars, a nurse practitioners who’s found herself back home for the first time in eight years and is reassessing her life, a ranching family, the sexiest cowboy you’ll ever meet and a town on the plains that risks being blown away by the north Montana winds. Read the first chapter here. Right now I’m writring book 2 in the series, Truly, Madly Montana. It comes out on  July 7th 2015 release date.  Meanwhile, check out the Pinterest page for photos of the setting and inspirations for the characters.

Most days I’m over at Facebook and Twitter so do call by and chat, although with an October 30th deadline, I may be quieter than usual but I will still be there :-)