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

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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Free Read in Take Five Magazine (Australia)

MIlls10635977_10152226368897610_2205738576706608425_n & Boon Australia have teamed up with Take 5 Magazine and today, September 11th, there are three FREE novellas in the magazine. I’m excited to tell you that my novella, Return To Love is there along with one novella each from Melanie Milburne and Robyn Grady.

 My novella, Return To Love is a reunion story. Two busy doctors with two kids find themselves estranged and their lives heading in a direction neither had ever intended. On one hot summer’s night in a frantic ER can they save lives and save themselves?

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So grab a copy of the mag today at your local newsagent or supermarket, enjoy the puzzles and competitions AND three great stories to ready. It’s a win-win all round!

Fiona Lowe’s Weddings now out in Australia!

My anthology, Fiona Lowe’s Weddings is now available as an eBook in Australia as a prequel to my Wedding Fever trilogy, which will be out on shelf in Oz in September, October and November!Weddings mimibannerThis is an anthology of four of my previously published medical romances including the Warragurra duo; Wedding in Warragurra, The Playboy Doctor’s Marriage Proposal, A Woman to Belong To and The Surgeon’s Chosen Wife. For photos and details about each book click here.

You can buy it where all eBooks are sold in Australia including Booktopia iBooks   Amazon Mills & Boon Australia and all other eBook retailers such as Big W & JB HIFI  Books for less than coffee and cake so THAT is a sweet deal with no calories, only a happy-ever-after feeling :-)

Enjoy!

 

 

I’m Twenty-five!

yippeeI’m Twenty-Five!

I wish! However, I have just turned in my 25th novel to Harlequin Mills and Boon. Cue sparklers, pop Champagne, blow bubbles!!  It’s not going to hit the shelf until mid 2015 but I have to say, I am a little excited.

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My very first novel 2006

Back in 2005, when I sold my first novel, Pregnant On Arrival, I couldn’t see beyond the next book. I recall my first Harlequin Authors’ Dinner where authors were getting pins for milestones such as 25, 50, 100 books…GULP. I could never envisage getting anywhere close to those numbers. You see, my brain does not POP with ideas and I can’t juggle more than one book idea at a time so I guess I am a slogger.

The thing is though, as much as I find it hard to start a book, I ADORE finishing them. Love the BUZZ that comes when I hit Send on a manuscript, even if it does bounce back with revisions. The sheer JOY of knowing I have completed another book, that I got through the dark times in the middle when I had no clue where I was going or what I was doing, buoy me up for the next time….although there is always a point in every book where I say, never again!

Faned coversSo, here we are! Since 2005 I’ve written twenty-one category romances for Harlequin and four single title novels for Carina Press which is the digital-first arm of Harlequin. Twenty five books!

I’ve also written two short stories and a single-title novel for Berkley/Penguin which is out next year.

What’s next? Book two in my Montana series! I just have to go find an idea…..

Newborn Baby for Christmas on sale NOW!

It’s release day in the USA and UK for Newborn Baby for Christmas. The Aussies have to wait another month, sorry!

Do I hear some of you say that November 1st is a bit early for a Christmas story?  Scarily, it is not! I ordered my first Christmas present yesterday for my younger son and this weekend it is time to cut up the fruit for the liqour-infused Christmas cake. It needs to soak for a month before I bake it in early December. November 1 also means it’s time to plant the tomato and basil seedlings down here as technically the frosts are over, although given the world’s weather, who really knows, right?

The shops are now filling with Christmas things and the junk mail has gone up exponentially; another sign that the retailers certainly think it is time for us to be thinking of Christmas. I have even had the urge to start making a list!

Things get busy and as you know, between now and Christmas I have a son writing his final Year 12 exams and an insane bike ride to complete so I am starting to feel the pressure to ‘get organised.’ I am not sure it will translate into being organised but it’s a start. I am starting to ask the boys what they might want. As both of them will be living away from home next year, it may well be a ‘practical’ Christmas…sheets, towels, rubber boots, that sort of thing!

Anyway, back to my book, Newborn Baby for Christmas. I love Christmas and I loved writing this book. The idea came from the original Christmas story, starting with the virgin birth. Almost all the elements of the original Christmas story are in my very modern, 2012, Christmas tale, although no camels.  To get a feel for the setting, please visit my website. I set this book very close to where I live, which is a beautiful coastal part of the world. I even mention Leura Park Estate, a favourite winery who’s motto, ‘Life is Short, Celebrate Well’ is something we should all take on board.

I hope you enjoy reading Newborn Baby For Christmas  as much as I enjoyed writing it. Enjoy the run up to Christmas!

Fiona x

Last Day of School For The Lad!*

The Lad, who is doing Year 12 this year has left home for his ‘Celebration Day’ aka as the re branded ‘muck-up’ day, aka, the last day of secondary school.  Ironically, as he is doing the International Baccalaureate  not the VCE,(Victorian Certificate Education)  it isn’t even his last day! He still has to roll up until October 31st as his exams start a few days after the VCE.

But today is the day so here he is as Zoro. There will be a bouncy castle and a chocolate fountain as well as a BBQ.

Saturday night we have Valedictory dinner and then Sunday is the formal proceedings of Speech Day.

So it is really happening. He is so very close to finishing his secondary education. My first born is about to sit the most significant exams of his short life so far and as I’ve told him, these are just the first of many.

I still remember the little boy who refused to put on his school uniform on his first day of school 13 years ago. Fortunately that was the only day he didn’t want to go!

Also, today I’m over at Love Is The Best Medicine, the medical romance author’s blog and I’m talking writing and biking. 

Love to see you there!