About Fiona Lowe

Fiona Lowe’s a RITA & R*BY winning author with her novel Boomerang Bride. Multi-published by Harlequin Medical romance & Carina Press she writes contemporary stories. She’s a mother of two gingers/rangas, a weekend wife, the guardian of 80 rose bushes, the slave of a cat & often found collapsed on couch with wine. She tries to balance writing with the rest of her life although there are some days she does this more successfully than others. She dreams of words being downloaded to her so fast her fingers can barely keep up when in reality she knows each word on the page is chiselled from stone. Fiona loves hearing from her readers and can be contacted via Twitter, her website or Facebook. Please call by and say, HI!

New Release in USA & Canada!

Weddings mimibannerI’m really excited to tell you about my four-book anthology, Fiona Lowe’s Weddings! Every single story is set in a place filled with heat and sunshine!

Three of the four books were never released in the United States and A Woman To Belong To, my ‘Vietnam book’ was only on limited release to Harlequin subscribers, so many of you won’t have read it. Now’s your chance ;-)

Dr Tom Bracken was a ‘cardboard box baby’, flown out of Vietnam at Saigon fell in 1975.

viet1 Now he’s working in Hanoi and trying to find his birth mother, believing his life cannot start until the missing part of it is found. The arrival of Bec Monahan at his door, offering to ‘help the children’ starts him on another journey entirely. Bec has been left a lot of money but to her it’s tarnished and is a constant reminder of her troubled childhood. Together, she and Tom challenge their beliefs about each other as Vietnam weaves her magic over them both, but is magic enough?

My trademark of ‘small towns, big hearts’ is frontoutback and center in the ‘Warragurra’ books; Wedding in Warragurra and The Playboy Doctor’s Marriage Proposal. Here heat, red dust and isolation tango with love. In Wedding In Warragurra, Dr. Baden Tremont, who is committed to raising his tween daughter, never expected love to strike twice. Sarah Lawson thought she’d loved once before but living in a town who blames her for the death of the local sports hero, she’s not prepared to love again. Slowly, they find their way forward by honouring the past and embracing the future.

Copy of photo 1AThe Playboy Doctor’s Marriage Proposal, the second book in the Warragurra duo, finds red dust meeting city smog. Emily Tippet, Warragurra born and raised, with her pink hair, baggy clothes, the ability to hot-wire a car or tractor, brand cattle and shoot a mean game of pool, is an enigma to Sydney playboy doctor, Linton Gregory. He’s never met anyone like her or her close and loving family. With her four brothers and her dad, dating Emily is like having to deal with five fathers. I had so much fun getting dust on Linton’s Italian loafers and forcing Emily out of her comfort clothes, to reveal her true self to the world.

The fourth and final book in the anthology is The Surgeon’s Chosen Wife. Set in tropical IMG_5046Queensland, it is the absolute opposite of the dry inland. It has lush bougainvillaea, mango-laden trees, sweltering humidity and massive rainfall.

Ryan Harrison, former surgeon, returns unhappily to Yakkaburra to recuperate from a near-death experience. His neighbour is Sarah Rigby, single mum and the town’s GP, who’d gone to school with him. Ryan can’t fathom why she didn’t run screaming from town years ago like he did. I love this story with the theme of healing both physically and emotionally, plus I got to include a gorgeous dog, a kelpie-bordercollie cross, who was based on the wonderful Meg, who sadly passed away a few weeks ago.

FionaLowesWeddingsHarlequin have bundled these four books together and many of the eBook stores are retailing it at $3.85. That’s less than one dollar a book! So it’s a great bargain and with Easter around the corner, it will last longer than chocolate ;-)

You can buy it at AmazoniBooksBarnes & Noble, and all other eBook stores.

If you’re interested in what I’m working on at the moment…my new Montana series, then check out collages at Pinterest.

Wishing you good health and plenty of time for reading!

Fiona x

Getting Out and About!

photoLast week,  Boy Wonder was on camp, The Lad in Tassie and miracle-of-miracles, DH was actually home so we took off for twenty-four hours. Prior to this point the weather had been glorious but on our day out, it changed. We drove along the Great Ocean Road in blinding rain. photo

Fortunately, we’re familiar with the view so we were luckier than all the Chinese and Japanese tourists who were looking both wet and sad but never-the-less still taking photos!

We stayed the night at Chris’s at Beacon Point, up in there trees of the Otways, looking down on the southern ocean. It was like being in a tree house. The restaurant also has a splendid view and by dinner, the rain had stopped. The food was beautiful and the produce sourced locally. I had mussel’s cooked in fennel, ouzo and tomato. Divine. The slow cooked lamb was also fantastic with North African flavours.

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View from our room

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Otway forest

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Our treehouse!

The school term has finished so yesterday, Boy Wonder, DH and I went out in much more clement weather and did a 38km/23 mile push-bike ride. It was along an old rail trail, passing through farmland and the old gold mining towns of Linton and Scarsdale. The sun was out, the sky was blue, Lorikeets and sulphur crested cockatoos squawked and dived and a Kookaburra laughed at me when I panted up one of the hills. I thought trains didn’t go up steep hills!

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Nimmon’s Bridge…a glorious old trestle railway bridge beautifully restored

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A pretty part of the track

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DH ready to ride…he heroically carried the lunch on his back

So now it’s back to work!  I have a “new look”  BOOKS page on my website and next week I have a new release, Fiona Lowe’s Weddings….four books in one volume! You can read all about it at the link and pre-order it.

Have a great week!

Fiona x

Glorious Autumn!

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Oh, how I love March! The mornings are crisp but the days are divine. It’s our most stable weather month and generally comes with blue, blue skies, sunshine and most importantly, it’s not too hot!  Australia does amazing blue skies that go on forever but Africa has a similar light as does Montana in the USA.

Other news, I have new glasses! My eyes are a total disaster and change every 18 months at the moment. The only people benefitting from this are the optometrist, the spectacle makers and the charities in Africa who are the recipient of the old frames.

photo 2[4]I’m hoping that today is the first day in weeks that I can stare at my computer screen and not get a headache. Here’s hoping!

I hope your March is going well whether you’re enjoying signs of spring or a glorious autumn.

Fiona x

Starting a New Story

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I’ve been having fun this morning playing around on Pinterest, starting the collage for my new Harlequin Mills & Boon medical romance.

I’m writing one of the 12 books in the series, Midwives On-Call!  I’m excited because one of my favourite parts of nursing was when I worked as a midwife. I still remember my very first day after a lecture block and they put me in special care nursery. I was 24 years-old and I’d never changed a diaper/nappy in my life. I learned fast!

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The series is set in Melbourne, Australia…the place I actually studied midwifery! I lived in Melbourne for a lot of years before moving to Wisconsin, USA. When we returned to Australia, we didn’t return to Melbourne but took a sea change, moving to a much smaller town. I guess because most of my…okay all bar two of my… medical romances are set in the bush, this one is too!

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I’m having fun creating Turraburra, the seaside coastal town. It might even feature some little penguins!

For more pictures, head over to my Pinterest page…copyright laws prevent me from posting the photos here but over there you can meet Lilia and Noah who have both been badly hurt in the past and are emotionally shut-down. I’m going to have fun waking them both up!

Books; new and old!

8ffcade373b036c2b2a9a44837e60b67So my first book in my Montana Doctors & Cowboys series has gone to my editor. YAY.

Now we are brainstorming titles and I’m filling in art fact sheets so the good people at Berkley/Penguin can start the process of creating a cover and all the other stuff that a publisher does.

I’m writing a workshop that I’m giving to a group of writers and learning how to use Keynote, the Mac version of Powerpoint. Fortunately, Boy Wonder is around to teach me.

Next week, I’m starting a new book, a medical romance for Harlequin Mills & Boon in a new continuity that features midwifery. I’m really looking forward to this and working as a midwife was one of my happiest times in my nursing career.

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Talking babies, Mills and Boon have just released an anthology, Double T

rouble,whichfeatures three stories about twin pregnancies. I’m thrilled to be there with Caroline Anderson and Melissa McClone. The three stories take you to Suffolk UK, to a European Principality and to the lovely southern coast of Victoria, Australia.

My story is the reprint of Miracle; Twin Babies.  Set in the glorious seaside coastal town of Port Bathurst, Dr. Nick Dennison has fought cancer and staked a claim on remission. Now he’s living on the land and taking things a bit easier, concentrating on getting well and taking each day as it comes. Babies are not on his agenda; he gave up on that idea to survive cancer. But then again, meeting Kirby Atherton wasn’t on his agenda either!

Click here to read an excerpt and see photos that inspired the story and to see the original cover.

ge_barwon_bridgeReviews from its original release said, “I absolutely LOVE this book it was a wonderful story to read and hard to put down. Great Read. Fun to read. And very enjoyable.”

“A really warm heart felt book”

You can grab a copy at Amazon UK, iTunes, Mills & Boon UK, Booktopia Mills& Boon Australia, iTunes and where all eBooks are sold.

Writing Process Blog Hop Fun!

I’m participating in Our Writing Process Blog Hop. I’d like to thank fellow medical romance author, gorgeous Georgian southern lady and friend, Susan Carlisle for spotlighting me and asking me along on the hop.

This is the cover of Susan’s latest release! Very easy on the eyes, indeed! You can grab it at all eBook stores.

Anyway back to the hop!

What Am I Working On?

Book one of my new Montana based series which will be published by Berkley USA in January 2015. The working title is Marooned in Montana…take one city doctor and plonk him in rural Montana and watch the fun.

“Haven’t you lived in a small town before?”

“Not unless you count Boston.”

This book is due to my editor on Friday. I just have to read 90,000 words and then I can send it off.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I always have a secondary romance in all my single title novels and in Runaway Groom, there were three!

Why do I write what I do?

I blame my mother ;-)  When I was 14 she gave me Pride and Prejudice to read and from that moment I was a sucker for a good romance.

 How does my writing process work?

Good question! A lot of it is pure panic. Can I do this? Why did I think I could write a book? I don’t start fast, I want to give up in the middle and then at the three-quarter mark when all the important stuff is in the novel, I start to enjoy it and race to the end. The high of finishing is such a buzz I swear it is the only thing that takes me back to the start of another story. Yeah. Hmm, not really inspiring is it?  What I need to remember is not to fight the process!

I’d like to introduce you a writing mate, Jennifer St George. She’s gorgeous and she writes fabulous books that are very different from my small town rural novels. Her books are glitz and glamour and I loved her debut novel set in Roma! Jennifer is a 2013 Australian Romance Reader Award finalist (clever thing) with her novel, The Love Deception. You might want to visit her at her website and get to know her books.

Jennifer St George is a romance author whose sexy stories feature courageous, career-minded heroines, strong heroes in glamorous international settings. She has four books - 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 RomanceThe Convenient Bride and Seducing the Secret Heiress have now been released together in print. Sweet Seduction is now available through BigW and all good bookstores. 

Great News for my Aussie & Kiwi Readers

On Thursday I got a lovely note from Harlequin Australia telling me that my Wedding Fever trilogy….Saved By The Bride, Picture Perfect Wedding and Runaway Groom… would be coming out in print later in the year in Australia and New Zealand. They’ll be on-shelf where all Mills & Boon books are sold.1888723_10152229075152090_31418059_n Color me happy!

The books will come out in paperback in three consecutive months starting in September 2014. I’ll keep you posted on covers as that news comes to hand.

Deadline Life

North-east Montana Photo courtesy of Kari Lynn Dell http://www.montanaforreal.blogspot.com

I am very close to my deadline for my current single title novel; the Montana set book which I’m describing as E.R meets Northern Exposure and like anyone with a project deadline, it’s nose down, tail up and any attempt to stay connected to the real world does slip slightly. I have to set reminders upon reminders so I don’t forget school functions and appointments.

I am also judging Rita books so at the end of a long day of writing, I’m reading.  Not a hardship right? Except it too is reading with a deadline. Kinda sucks the joy out of it a bit although the book I just finished was so fantastic I was sad it was over. Sadly I can’t say which book it is but I am keen to read more of the author.

So that’s my life at the moment. What’s happening in yours?

Mr. Fixit is my Valentine.

It’s Valentine’s Day in Australia and it’s a humid, muggy day and the roses are looking  kinda droopy! Bit like me, really ;-)   Today I’m reflecting on Valentine’s past. When I was born, Valentine’s Day in Australia was a non-event. Even when I was a young adult it really wasn’t a big deal here but things have changed! Retailers want us to think it’s a big day.

But me, ever the romantic since at age 14 when I’d read Pride and Prejudice, I dreamed of being given a single, long-stemmed, red rose. I remember the excitement of receiving it too. It was given to me by a guy who bought it because I’d dropped a million hints! Thing is, I have to confess, I actually loved the rose way more than poor Tim. Sorry about that, buddy!

When my husband and I lived in the United States, we totally embraced Valentine’s Day because, wow, they really celebrate it from kindergarten through to the elderly. So we did the full deal; champagne, dinner, chocolates, sexy lingeries, the works. Great fun!

My husband is a random Valentine’s celebrator….one year I’ll get flowers, another ten I won;t ;-) but that’s okay because on the other 364 days of the year he does things like ironing, laundry, and bless him, he tries to repair stuff. Sometimes it works!

Since becoming a Harlequin author, Valentine’s day has been special. For a few years, they threw a ball in Sydney which was great fun but then the global financial crisis hit and now we get a little gift which I look forward to every year. There have been roses, chocolates, an umbrella. I wonder what it will be this year.

This morning, I helped my 10th grade son, cut roses from the garden to take for the girls in his class. I thought this was sweet and I figured my job as a romance author and mother was done. He will grow up hopefully to be a tad more romantic in the traditional sense than his father and chances are, given his skill in technical things, perhaps a lot better at repairing things!  Meanwhile, I need to teach him to cook and iron.

If there is one thing I have learned over the last twenty years, that is stage-mange your day so you get to enjoy it .My husband is out of town so I am now off to pick myself some roses to enjoy, put some champagne on ice and read a great romance.

Wherever you are, what ever you’re doing. Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

A German Doctor makes a diagnosis from watching House!

As you probably know, every medical romance author loves a good medical TV drama. What you may not know is that most doctors and nurses also enjoy them too. Back in the day, when I worked in a hospital, I used to watch E.R. and try to make the diagnosis before the TV doctors!

So imagine my surprise when I read this article in the paper on Saturday.

If you’re stricken with a rare medical condition, you better hope your doctor watches the right television show.”

It turns out that a German man suffering from a mixture of symptoms, including fever, blindness, deafness and enlarged lymph nodes was confounding his doctors and he was referred by his doctors to a specialist.

It just so happens that Dr. Juergen Schaefer, from the Centre of Undiagnosed Diseases, is a HOUSE devotee. He worked out the problem within five minutes because he’d seen it on HOUSE!! How cool is that?

Apparently, post hip replacement, cobalt was leaking into the man’s s blood supply from small fragments of his ceramic hip.

To read more about it, you can click HERE…there’s a video!

So what’s your favourite medical TV show and has it saved a life?

(PS Who thinks Hugh Laurie is a hunk? Also he is a musician…great jazz CD)

(This blog also appears at Love Is the Best Medicine)