Wisconsin Weddings!

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21 years ago today, we flew out of Australia with our 8 month old baby and landed in Wisconsin, where EVERYTHING was different. We had the best few years there and loved every minute. I’ve set four wedding themed books there including Picture Perfect Wedding set on a dairy farm in the dairy state 🙂 If you haven’t read Rita award-winning Boomerang Bride or the Wedding Fever series, read all about them at finoalowe.com and grab a copy today where all eBooks are sold. Happy Anniversary to us!

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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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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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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

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.