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!

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

ANZAC DAY 100 Years On

It’s April 25th today and in Australia and New Zealand that means Anzac Day. For those of you reading this who are  not from either of these countries, it is a day when we remember the men and women who have served in the defence of our countries. A bit like Memorial Day in the US, although Anzac Day came into being because of a specific battle in Turkey on April 25th 1915. That is 100 years ago today. 

It was the day Australia lost it’s innocence and came of age. 8,700 Australians and 2,700ANzac_hatNew Zealanders died during the Gallipoli campaign along with many British, French and Indian and Turkish soldiers. With a small population, the deaths of young man during WW1 changed the lives of an entire generation.

Of course in later years Australian troops fought in WW2, the Korean War and Vietnam. During the Vietnam war years, Anzac Day became a focus for anti- war sentiment. Then during the 70s and 80s it became for many a public holiday and the chance for a sleep in and a picnic.

Life changes and in the last two decades there has been a definite shift. Perhaps having forces serving in Afghanistan and Iraq effected us.  Perhaps it is to do with more Australian history taught in schools or the fact that more Australians travel and are visiting the Turkish peninsula, but Anzac Day is once again a day where many people take time to reflect and give thanks. There are no longer any Gallipoli veterans alive to  march on Anzac day but their descendents proudly march along with soldiers who served in other wars and in peace-keeping missions.

Lest We Forget.

Recipe for ANZAC Biscuits…these are ‘cookies’ that were sent to the soldiers. They had no eggs so could keep for a long time and they are YUMMY! We make them a lot and they’re an Australian cultural icon.

  • 1 1/4 cups plain flour, sifted
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • 3/4 cup desiccated coconut
  • 2 tablespoons golden syrup or treacle
  • 150g unsalted butter, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon bicarb soda
Preheat oven to 170°C. Place the flour, oats, sugar and coconut in a large bowl and stir to combine. In a small saucepan place the golden syrup and butter and stir over low heat until the butter has fully melted. Mix the bicarb soda with 1 1/2 tablespoons water and add to the golden syrup mixture. It will bubble whilst you are stirring together so remove from the heat. Pour into the dry ingredients and mix together until fully combined. Roll tablespoonfuls of mixture into balls and place on baking trays lined with non stick baking paper, pressing down on the tops to flatten slightly. Bake for 12 minutes or until golden brown

I Want to Marry a Lighthouse Keeper and Keep him Company…

DSCF3622“I Want to Marry a Lighthouse Keeper and Keep him Company,” goes the song (part of the sound track for A Clockwork Orange and Frank). Well, I am not sure about that life but I did have fun visiting a lighthouse this weekend. I live less than an hour from two lighthouses and if I drive another two hours I can count a third. They were built in the late 1800s along the Shipwreck coast.

As Boy Wonder needs hours behind the wheel in his quest for driving experience, we packed a picnic and headed not so far down the road. The sun was shining from time to time and we joined the throng of international tourists who flcok to my backyard in droves. Today I heard Spanish, French, Finnish, Swedish, Ceylonese, Italian, German, Japanese, Mandarin…the list goes on :-)

We climbed the glorious spiral staircase; a little longer and prettier than the one I climb to DSCF3632my office and the view from the top into Bass Strait was spectacular. As I gazed down on the lighthouse keepers’ cottages, I pictured the isolation of the life of a lighthouse keeper and their family. Being a kid though, wouldl have been awesome! All that glorious beach to explore, playing in the dunes, watching the ships come past, fishing, beach combing, sigh, I want to do it!

For those of you with kids, the TV show, ‘Around the Twist’ was filmed at this lighthouse. Paul Jennings, who wrote the books, lives further along the coast.

Between Boy Wonder and DH, we have a lot of photos so I’ll let them do the talking. This is the Split Point Lighthouse and I can recoomend an overnight stay at Cape Otway Lighthouse just out of Apollo Bay on the Great Ocean Road. We did that with the kids years ago and it was fabulous.

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The old lighthouse keepers’ cottages. Love the slate roof!

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A Four-Day Holiday

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Easter is a four-day holiday where I live and for us this year it meant four days of great food, family gatherings, lots of car journeys,  a partial lunar eclipse and doing the final page pass for Truly Madly Montana; this meant reading word-by-word a 110,000 word novel! Have I ever mentioned that I DETEST proof reading? It’s a certain kind of torture.

 

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Easter started a little earlier than usual as The Lad flew back from college for the week, (YAY) arriving on Wednesday night.  I spent a week going from bakery to bakery until I found THE perfect hot cross bun for Good Friday morning. I live for the annual shot of fruit and spices in a warm, light bun dripping with butter!

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We live a long away from our extended family on both sides and it was our turn to journey. Good Friday, my sister-in-law cooked fish and on Easter Sunday my sister cooked a BBQ. I thought it was all wonderful as all I had to do was whip up a salad and a dessert. Boy Wonder and I poured over the cookbooks and as I have a bumper autumn lemon crop, the choice was obvious. How cute are these mini lemon meringue pies I made?

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Boy Wonder  (16) did a lot of driving as he is gathering hours. He has to have 120 hours driving experience before he can sit his driver’s test. My husband was on supervising duty and I sat in the back proof reading Truly Madly Montana and studying the style manual. I do LOVE the cover of this book. The canoes are from a photo of Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park where much of the book is set. :-) Truly Madly Montana is book 2 in the Medicine River series and is up for preorder everywhere. Amazon currently has it on sale at $5.99 along with Montana Actually, which is book one.

Of course, the Easter bunny came on Easter morning so now we are swimming in chocolate, which I will be forced to eat. I guess that means today I head back to the gym and life returns to normal.

What did you do over your Easter weekend?

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