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!

Worn Out by the Weekend

IMG_20150222_142324This weekend was one of those weekend full of good things but come Monday morning, a girl feels like she needs another one to recover. I am often heard to say, ‘there is little difference between a toddler and a teenager. Both are ego centric and need a lot of time although parenting a toddler tends to be more physcial and a teenager more emotional.’

Remember, those days when they were little and you were up at sparrows cos they didn’t sleep? Well, Boy Wonder wanted to sleep this weekend but school committments meant he had to be up at 5AM to catch the bus a heck of a long way to compete in a sailing competition. This means his mother needed to be up a tad before that! Both DH and I had a nap later on in the day!

We saw a fabulous show on Saturday night called Wot? No Fish? Danny Braverman is onUnknown-6 tour from London telling the story of his extended family using doodles on pay packets over the course of  60 years. Put like that it sounds meh but it was AMAZING! If he ever tours near you, go see the show.

Sunday was a full day at school…the annual family day. Of course it was incredibly hot but always good to catch up with other parents and your kid’s friends.  Then it was home at 5pm with an exhausted 16 year old who had a lot of homework still to do. FUN TIMES!

What did you get up to?

New Digital Releases in the USA

Unknown-2Last year, Harlequin started digitalizing the Mills & Boon medical romances of mine that had never been released in America. Now the last three books have hit the eBook stores :-) YAY!

Career Girl in the Country, (female surgeon in an Australian outback mining town) The Doctor Claims His Bride (A flying doctor and a remote area nurse on an indigenous island off the coast of Darwin) and The Surgeon’s Special Delivery (my first surrogacy story) are all up and ready to read!

To find out more, click on each title. This will take you to my website where you can read about the books, see photos that inspired the stories and for your convenience, find the buy links to the most popular eBook stores :-) I’m anything if not helpful ;-)

If you have missed any of my 25 medical romances, this is the ideal opportunity for  a catch up:-)

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Happy Valentines Day!

83f76edebbb350bc433efd7fed20eef9e4What am I, a romance author doing today for Valentine’s Day? Doing what parents around the country do on a Saturday; driving kids to sport! Boy Wonder has a sailing competition and The Lad is flying back to Hobart for the start of the university year so either DH or I have an early get-up to drive him up the long, black road to Melbourne. If I’m lucky, I’ll glimpse the husband at some point late afternoon ;-)

When we lived in America, we did the full Valentine’s Day catastrophe; champagne, chocolates, dinner, slinky lingerie and it was fun. I guess we could do it again this year but after getting up at 5AM to get The Lad to the airport, I think we both might be asleep on the couch by 8pm!  Still, it’s not about the chocolates and the flowers, although note to husband, roses are nice to receive, it’s more about making a concious effort every day of valuing those you love. Big gestures are impressive for sure,  but if they only happen once a year, they’re not enough to sustain any relationship. To be honest, the fact my husband does all of the ironing means it’s Valentine’s Day every Sunday.

If you’re not part of a couple then I recommend you go buy yourself a nice box of chocolates, pour yourself a glass of champagne and read a fabulous romance. And even if you are part of a couple, that idea might be tempting too!

Oh, an21a7da7e-2211-42be-972a-df1c7718ec6ad look out in your local coffee shop. If there is a Harlequin or Mills & Boon Author near you, they may have left you a gift as part of the #blinddatewithabook promotion :-)

Also, for my Aussie readers, finally your very OWN giveaway …I know some of you were disappointed with the US only packs. Pop over to my Facebook Author Page to enter :-)TYPE DESIGN-3

Happy Valentine’s Day!

New month, new books, new project!

Hello, February!

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As February is the month of romance, on Thursday the 12th, the bubbly Alli Sinclair and I are doing a library talk to celebrate romance fiction. f you live within coo-ee of Geelong, you might like to come along. It’s a free event but you need to book a ticket and they’re going fast! Book here http://www.grlc.vic.gov.au/…/romance-fiction-box-chocolates…  There WILL be chocolates as well as a chance to buy books  and a lucky door prize :-)

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Also the talented Jennifer Kloester is talking about YA fiction at the library on Wednesday Feb 11th. Book at http://www.grlc.vic.gov.au/…/jennifer–rapunzel-dil…

On February 16th, three of my previously published Harlequin Medical romances are being re-released in digital format :-) Career Girl in the CountryThe Surgeon’s Special Delievery and The Doctor Claims His Bride. This means my ENTIRE back list of medical romances are now availabe as eBooks :-)

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getting some great reviews and has a 4 * average over at Goodreads. THANK YOU to all my dear readers for tracking down a copy. If you enjoyed it, the next book in the series, Truly Madly Montana (Millie and Will’s story)  is up for preorder. How much do you love the cover? You can read an excerpt and see all the buy links here. Both books are available in print and in eBook format.

I’m really looking forward to catching up with some of my readers at the ARRA conference in Canberra on March 6-8 th. Will I see you there?

Every Picture Tells a 1000 words.

I’ve spent the last two weeks on our annual summer beach camping holiday. It was a lot cooler than last year but we still managed to surf, swim, read, canoe, sail, cycle, eat and sleep! As much as I love this very chilled holiday with its lack of technology, I am always glad to get home and appreciate my very comfortable bed!  So here are some photos to show you what we got up to!

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Happy Australia Day!

IMG_1149.JPGAustralia Day, January 26, is the biggest day of celebration in the country and is observed as a public holiday in all states and territories.

On Australia Day we come together as a nation to celebrate what’s great about Australia and being Australian. It’s the day to reflect on what we have achieved and what we can be proud of in our great nation. It’s the day for us to re-commit to making Australia an even better place for the future.

Australia Day means different things to different people and this is especially true for the First Australians. For many Indigenous Australians 26 January is an occasion to reflect on past loss and suffering.

There are also those in the wider community who share these mixed emotions about our national day, and they appreciate the efforts of event organisers to acknowledge that Australia Day evokes a variety of emotions.

Australia Day means different things to different people and this is especially true for the First Australians. For many Indigenous Australians 26 January is an occasion to reflect on past loss and suffering.

There are Australia Day awards recognising service in all shapes and forms and it is also a day many migrants decide to adopt Australia as their country and they take up citizenship. They are given a certificate and a small native plant to mark this significant occasion.

My family generally attend a family day by the sea where there are free rides, fire works and community groups spruiking their activities. The smell of onions, sausages, falafels, souvlaki and ice cream fill the air…. a true representation of our multicultural society.

To celebrate, I’m giving away my Warragurra Duo; two books set under the vast Aussie Outback sky. To enter, head over to my Facebook Author Page.AUSTRALIA DAY GIVEAWAY!

Montana Actually Release Day. YAY! And a Giveaway!

Untitled-5I am thrilled to say that after the big wait,  today  is release day for Montana Actually, Book 1 in my new Medicine River series. I’m so excited about this new series and this book!

Montana Actually has garnered many positive reviews including a prestigious starred review from Publishers Weekly.

This is a single-title novel (ie it’s big, 93,000 words) and it features Bear Paw, Montana; a small town nestled under the shadow of the Rocky Mountains. Filled with ranchers, cowboys and a cast of townsfolk, Bear Paw is like most small rural towns in the western world, it has trouble attracting doctors. When Dr. Josh Stanton arrives from Chicago to work and to write down his student-loan debt, he’s convinced he’d going to be welcomed with open arms and a ticker tape parade. It doesn’t quite work out that way!

I matched fish-out-of-water, Josh with Katrina McCade, an almost 30 year-old woman Bachelorbuttonswho has spent the last 8 years living out east. Like Josh, her life hasn’t gone according to her plan and now she’s back home in the heart of her family, struggling to be the independent woman she’s been for years. On top of family expectations, sliding back into her ordinal position with her siblings, and concern for her parents, the last thing she needs on her plate is a clueless, city doctor.

With 93,000 words, I have the luxury of being able to write two romances in the one book :-) Beau McCade, Katrina’s elder brother has more reason than most to be the strong, silent cowboy and over the years he’s retreated from the world, preferring to spend more time with the cows and the dogs on the ranch than people. When he meets Shannon, the new diner owner, he finds himself reluctantly needing to get more involved in life off the ranch.

Have I spiked your interest? Where can you grab a copy?

Group of buttonsUSA: Walmart! Book stores and online at AmazonBarnes and NobleiBooks,Kobo, Google Play and other online book stores.

Australia and everywhere else: The Book Depository (FREE POSTAGE) ask your local bookshop to order it in (Berkley Sensation an imprint of Penguin ISBN 9780425276952) Booktopia in Australia or all online book stores AmazonBarnes and NobleiBooks,Kobo, Google Play.

NVH9hgOuANiCQMxLB3jE0qNoWXBXW-pNVna_p_29qrETo celebrate the launch of Montana Actually, I’m giving away a gift pack of Huckleberry products (USA & Canadian residents only, sorry!) Huckleberries grow wild near Glacier National Park where the book is set. So if you’d like a chance to win some huckleberry lotion, pancake mix, syrup, Glacier County honey, Montana coffee and a great souvenir bag, along with a copy of Montana writing mate, Kari Lynn Dell’s debut novel, The Long Ride Home, then head on over to my Facebook page to enter!

And here is the blurb for Montana Actually!

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City doctor Josh Stanton and his sports car don’t suit the country but with his medical school debt about the bury him, Josh has to make the best of a bad situation. Adjusting to his new job and life in the middle of nowhere isn’t easy, but at least the views of the mountains –and one distractingly attractive local–are stunning…

After eight years away, Katrina McCade is back in Bear Paw for a break from her life, bad choices–and men. But when a broad-shouldered stranger bursts into town, she finds herself unexpectedly saddled with the town’s sexy new doctor as a tenant. Katrina doesn’t need a man to make her happy, especially a disgruntled physician. But try telling her body that…

“A keeper. It made me laugh. I loved each character and wish I coud vist Bear Paw.” Catherine Anderson, New York Times bestselling author of Silver Thaw.

Whether your weather is hot or cold, it’s always great for reading!

Fiona x