About Fiona Lowe

Fiona Lowe’s a RITA & R*BY winning author with her novel Boomerang Bride. Multi-published by Berkley, Harlequin & 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!

Save the Date! Romance Book Signing in Melbourne August 22nd

The wonderful women of ARRA, the Australian Romance Readers Association are hosting its annual book signing at the Romance Writers of Australia’s annual conference and this year it’s in Melbourne :-) Seventy two authors will be in attendance with books for signing and lots of little treats.  The fabulous team of Louise and co., at Dymocks Collins St are the designated book store and I’ll be there with my Big Sky Country bags and copies of Montana Actually, Truly Madly Montana and Unlocking Her Surgeon’s Heart. 

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So when is this gig? Saturday August 22nd at 5pm  at the Park Hyatt 1 Parliament Pl, East Melbourne. To book a ticket, click HERE. You can also order a gorgeous souvenir booklet, which is perfect for gathering autographs :-)

So ink the date and time in your diary, buy your ticket and come along :-) I, along with the other 71 authors, would LOVE to see you there :-)

There’s a lot more of Australia out the back!

I’m just back from 17 days in western Queensland. We explored the Savannah country, cattle country, dinosaur country, rainforest and the biggest marine park in the world; the Great Barrier Reef. We canoed on the Lawn Hill creek past sleeping freshwater crocs, we hiked rugged gorges carved out by millions of years of rushing water, we followed the path trod by dinosaurs and shallow seas swum by the terrifyingly huge Kronosaurus, camped under a full moon as Bettongs visited, rafted the rapids on the Tully river through world heritage rain forest and we snorkelled on the outer reef with Nemo and friends and gave thanks reef sharks are so little.  It was a fantastic trip but I’ll let the photos tell the story :-)

Have you had a holiday/vacation recently? Where did you go?

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A blue wren

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A Galah

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Galahs at sunset

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Termite mounds

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The cheeky Kookaburra who stole my banana!

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Thirsty kangaroo

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There’s a lot of nothing out there

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The Gregory River Gulf Country QLD

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Water lillies at Boodjamulla National Park, Lawn Hill Creek, on the NT/QLD border

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Lawn Hill Gorge where we canoed

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Ghost gums grow in the most amazing places!

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Lawn Hill Creek where we swam and kept an eye out for Freshwater crocodiles

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Sunset at Lawn Hill

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Gibber plain and fossils

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It’s a red country

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Mt Isa underground hospital built during WW2

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No traffic jams out here unless you count the grey nomads

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Kronosaurus!

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Camp life

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Sleeping under a full moon was like sleeping with the lights on.

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A cold morning. Me in my PJs making brekkie with a penny! Had to keep my one polarfleece kinda clean #analretentivetendencies

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Pyramid Rock in Porcupine Gorge National Park

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Charters Towers, World Theatre

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Townsville: back on the coast

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1920s pub

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Between Port Douglas and Cairns

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Green Island, Low Isles, The Great Barrier Reef

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Gouldian Finch

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Koalas sleep 19 hours a day…bit like cats!

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Eclectus Parrot

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Cassowary

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Salt water crocodile….the scariest thing on the planet.

DSCF4202And while I was away, Truly Madly MontanaTheres a released :-) It’s book 2 in my Medicine River

 

 

 

series and it’s currently got a 4.5* average on Amazon and Goodreads :-). As one reader said, “An Aussie doctor in scrubs? Nom!” You get two romances in one book! The blurb says, “Summer in Montana brings heat with a chance of romance in the new Medicine River Romance from the award-winning author of Montana Actually

Sexy and charming Australian doctor Will Bartlett will do anything to help out a friend, even if it means moving to Bear Paw for the summer. Some small-town hospitality, and the uncomplicated friendship of his co-worker, Millie, is just the ticket to shake off the restlessness that’s been gripping him lately.
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Millie Switkowski, RN and medical student, is home for her clinical rotation, and she’s determined to make this summer so much better than last. She’s got a year of medical school under her belt, her diabetes is under control and she’s kicked her crazy crush for Will Bartlett, who only ever treated her as “one of the guys.”

But when Will turns out to be Millie’s supervising physician, without warning the summer gets a whole lot hotter than either of them anticipated. With both of them holding onto thorny secrets, can they walk away with their hearts intact?”

You can buy it where all print and eBooks are sold and for ALL buy links, click here.

Happy Reading!

Fiona x

Release Day: Truly Madly Montana! Medicine River series

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Pop the champagne! Roll out the canapes!

Fiona Lowe ARRA adWelcome back to Bear Paw, Montana and another Medicine River story! It’s been a long six months since Montana Actually was released and today I’m thrilled to give you Millie and Will’s story in Truly Madly Montana. Oh, how I love this cover. Do you? This scene takes place in the book and that is Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park, Montana :-)

As I write this, I’m in Outback Queensland, Australia,  and although it’s a long way from Montana, it shares a lot in common; big blue endless sky, small rural communties where everyone knows your name and if you get seriously ill, you need to be airlifted out, because the nearest hospital is a very long way away.  Will Bartlett is an Aussie doctor in Montana. He’s got a lot of experience in retrieval medicine– he used to work with the flying doctors– and now he’s working in Bear Paw.

If you interviewed him, he’d tell you he’s working in Bear Paw, because during the summountainsmer a lot of tourists get themselves into strife in Glacier National Park. The real story is a lot more complicated and more to do with something that happened back in Australia; something he’s trying to forget.

I’ve matched him  up with Millie. Do you remember Millie? She was heading off the medical school at the end of Montana Actually and now she is back doing her summer placement. Last summer she had a crush on Will but she’s over that now, because she knows he’s way out of her league. No, this summer she’s concentrating on keeping her diabetes under control, learning as much practical medicine as she can and totally avoiding making a fool of herself– she still remembers that one time with Will last summer and that excruiating experience doesn’t bear repeating.

As with all my single-title romances, you get TWO romances. The secondary story features Ethan, Bear Paw’s hipster librarian and Tara, the town’s deputy sheriff. These two are a case of opposites attract only Tara doesn’t trust herself to be attracted to anyone. This slow-burn romance challenges a lot of pre-conceived ideas.

I know I’m not to supposed to say I have favourite books but gang, Truly Madly Montana is one of my top 5 faves of all 27 of my novels. I hope you enjoy reading it  as much as I loved writing it.

RT Magazine has given it 4* :-) “Lowe’s storytelling infuses contemporary romance with delightful banter. Will and Millie are an adorable pair with infectious chemistry. Lowe’s knack for creating characters who are genuine, everyday people who readers can relate to is the strength of this delightfully modern story.”

Here’s the blurb and buy links :-)

Summer in Montana brings heat, with a chance of romance in the new Medicine River Romance from the award-winning author of Montana Actually…

Sexy and charming Australian doctor Will Bartlett will do anything to help out a friend, even if it means moving to Bear Paw for the summer. Some small-town hospitality, and the uncomplicated friendship of his co-worker, Millie, is just the ticket to shake off the restlessness that’s been gripping him lately.

Millie Switkowski, RN and medical student, is home for her clinical rotation and she’s determined to make this summer so much better than last. She’s got a year of medical school under her belt, her diabetes is under control, and she’s kicked her crazy crush for Will Bartlett, who only ever treated her as “one of the guys.”

But when Will turns out to be Millie’s supervising physician, without warning the summer just got a whole lot hotter than either of them anticipated. With both of them holding onto thorny secrets, can they walk away with their hearts intact?

Truly Madly Montana is availabe in paper back and print.

Amazon. iBooks. Barnes & Noble. Book Depository. Google Play. Kobo

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As soon as I am back in the land of decent Interent reception, I’ll load up photos of our holiday/vacation :-)

Happy Reading!

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Release Day: Unlocking Her Surgeon’s Heart

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While I’m wandering around the Australian outback with the French exchange student, I have a new book out. Yes! It’s release day for Unlocking Her Surgeon’s Heart and it’s a similtaneous release in the UK, USA and Australia. YAY!  Which cover do you like best?

This novel is part of the Midwives-on-Call series that Harlequin Mills & Boon has been publishing this year so if you love the TV show, Call The Midwife, then this series is right up your alley!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAUnlocking Her Surgeon’s Heart is set in a small coastal town in southern Victoria and Lilia Cartwright, midwife, grew up there. She’s back in town and telling herself she’s getting on with her life after a nasty incident in Melbourne, but really, she’s hiding out. Yes, she loves delivering babies, living in Turraburra and caring for her grandfather, but she’s a shadow of her vibrant self.

Like most rural towns, the community is used to locum doctors who stay for a few short weeks so when trainee-surgeon Noah Jackson arrives, their expectations are not high. But Noah has a grumpy demenour as well as a disastrous bed-side manner and Lilia needs to step in. Both of them believe they have to endure four weeks of working together and beither of them expected to learn a single thing from the other, but life is full of surprises and suddenly life is changing for the both of them.

For more photos of the setting, check out my Pinterst board as well as photos of Chippy, the greyhound, Lilias’s dog :-) Unlocking Her Surgeon’s Heart is out in print and eBook and for all buy links head over to my website.

And here’s the blurb!

Taming her brooding surgeon.

Noah Jackson just wants to be a surgeon, but he’s a GP placement away from fulfilling his dreams. Being in Turraburra, even temporarily, is way out of his comfort zone and he doesn’t need, admittedly gorgeous, midwife, Lilia Cartwright lecturing him about his bedside manner!

But Noah discovers Lilia’s feistiness belies the most compassionate woman on earth and if there is one person who can reach into this delicious but brooding doc’s locked- away heart, it’s Lilia. If she succeeds, could he also heal hers?

I hope you enjoy Unlocking Her Surgeon’s Heart.

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Happy Reading.

Fiona x

Suitcase? What suitcase?

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BRRR! It’s June and winter has hit! I’m typing this with my fingerles gloves as the office is very chilly. Don’t feel too sorry for me though, because at the end of the month I am flying north to sunny Queensland where winter is a lot milder. We are taking our French exchange student to the outback and the reef to experience the big, vast land that is Australia. Hopefully, I’ll have some great photos to show you in July after the big trip.

Anything Goes logoWe had an adventure on the weekend and went to Melbourne to see the muscial Anything Goes. It was great fun, sensational tap-dancing, fabulous singing and we thorougly enjoyed it. We stayed the night in Melbourne and had one little hiccough.  On Saturday morning, DH thought I’d put the suitcase into the car and I thought he’d put the suitcase into the car… you can see where is this is going, right? So four hours later when we got home, we realized the suitcase had been left in the parking garage. Not good, especially when there is no way to contact the company on the weekend. This is where we got some Good Samaritan karma. There have been times over the years where we’ve helped travellers out and fortunately, it all came flooding back to us in spades.

We rang the serivced apartments next to the parking garage and the wonderful receptionist went next door and miracle of miracles, the suitcase was there. Someone had put it next to the playstation. It would hvae been fab if they’d called the number on the bag but hey, we take what we can get!  DH got back in the car and hiked back to Melbourne and retrived it with a gift for the wonderful Marianne!

BOOK NEWS!

I have TWO books up for preorder, both being released in July; the 1st & 7th respectively.

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On July 1, Unlocking Her Surgeon’s Heart, a Harlequin Mills & Boon medical romance is out in the world. If you enjoy the TV series, Call the Midwife, you will love this book. It’s part of the Midwives-on-Call series and my story is set in a small rural town. Lilia is the midwife and the last thing she needs is a grumpy, city surgeon trying to throw his weight around.  Buy links are here.

Truly Madly Montana, book 2 in my Medicine River series is up for pre-order everywhere and the buy links are here. It’s release date is July 7th 2015.  RT Magazine has given Truly Madly Montana 4 stars and said, “Lowe’s storytelling infuses contemporary romance with delightful banter. Will and Millie are an adorable pair with infectious chemistry. Lowe’s knack for creating characters who are genuine, everyday people who readers can relate to is the strength of this delightfully modern story.”   That made me smile :-)

I hope your June is a great month for reading!

Fiona x

Sunny Hobart, Tasmania!

This weekend we headed south and flew to Tasmania to visit The Lad who is studying at UTas. We are also on the ‘tour of universities’ for Boy Wonder who only has 18 months left of high school. Hobart pulled out all the stops with glorious, clear-blue skies. We caught up with some writing friends, did some of the tourist things, met some of The Lad’s friends and generally enjoyed ourselves. Here’s a pictorial diary of our three days “down south.”

There's snow on those hills!

There’s snow on those hills! Flying over Cradle Mountain National Park

Mt Wellington from Salamanca market

Mt Wellington from Salamanca market

Cascade Brewery tour. I enjoyed the Mercury apple cider best!

Cascade Brewery tour. I enjoyed the Mercury apple cider best!

Our ticket for the tour!

Our ticket for the tour!

Battery Point where we stayed surrounded by fabulous cafes!

Battery Point where we stayed surrounded by fabulous cafes!

Our favourite breakfast cafe and bakery, Jackson and McRoss.

Our favourite breakfast cafe and bakery, Jackson and McRoss.

MONA: the water fountain that made words!

MONA: the water fountain that made words!

MONA: The glass and metal scultpture of books.

MONA: The glass and metal scultpture of books.

MONA: the chapel. The stain glass windows of skeletal sexual positions were interesting!

MONA: the chapel. The stain glass windows of skeletal sexual positions were interesting!

View From Mt Wellington

View From Mt Wellington

Me standing on snow on Mt Wellington

Me standing on snow on Mt Wellington

Glorious alpine vegetation on Mt Wellington

Glorious alpine vegetation on Mt Wellington

Checking out the waterfront with The Lad & Boy Wonder.

Checking out the waterfront with The Lad & Boy Wonder.

Fishing boats & a tourist ship filled with enthusiastic Amercian tourists.

Fishing boats & a tourist ship filled with enthusiastic Amercian tourists.

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May Round up: Life and Writing News!

DSCF3727It’s May and the mornings are crisp and the days glorious! May has five weekends and we are having one of those months where there is something on every single weekend, ranging from parent teacher interviews to live theatre to a trip to Hobart to visit The Lad. We are also preparing for the arrival in June of our French exchange student :-)

Writing news…I’m doing edits on my 21st medical romance for Mills & Boon. I was a bit worried about this book as it is quite different from my usual medical romances but my editor loved it so PHEW!

I’ve also had some fun writing a hot and sexy short story, which will be part of an anthology later in the year. I’ll keep you posted when I know the titles and release dates of both these stories.  Right now I am surrounded by sheaves of papers and am creating a mind map as I try to nail down some ideas for my next novel. Right now it’s all gauzy ideas floating past so I hope to wrestle them into a book.

I have TWO books up for pre-order, both releasing in early July!

Truly_Madly_Montana.inddTruly Madly Montana, book 2 in my Medicine River series is up for pre-order everywhere and the buy links are here. It’s release date is July 7th 2015. I had a lot of fun writing this book. Millie and Will bounced onto the page and despite their own personal demons, were determined to have a great time. Montana Actually ended with Millie heading off to medical school and now she’s home for the summer to work. The last person she expected to meet was Will, the Australian flying doctor, the guy she had a ridiculous crush on the year before. A guy who never noticed her other than as ‘one of the guys.’ Thankfully, she’s totally over him now. Well, almost totally ;-)

As with all my single title contemporary romances, you get two romances in the one book. The secodary romance features Ethan, my hipster librarian-IT guru and Tara, Bear Paw’s new deputy sheriff. If you gave these two people animal spirits, Ethan’s would be a Golden Retriever–enthusiastic and postive– and Tara, a cool, detached cat, who never shows any emotion. Getting them together was like pulling teeth.To read the first chapter of Truly Madly Montana, click here.

I also have Unlocking His Surgeon’s Heart, which is part of the Harlequin Mills & Boon Midwives on Call series. It releases on July 1st!  Lilia is a dedicated midwife in a small coastal town. She loves her work but to a certain extent she’s hiding behind it. Her world is small and safe, which is how she wants and needs it to be. The arrival of an arrogant and grumpy city surgeon is something to be endured for four, short weeks and she’s endured worse so how hard could it possibly be? For more information, buy links, and photos click here for my website page.

 Whether you’re in the northern hemisphere and enjoying spring or in the southern hemisphere feeling the nips of a looming winter, I hope you have plenty of time for reading!

Fiona x