bigstockphoto_Perspective_Of_A_Patient_1824336Once in a blue moon I get an opportunity that is too good to pass up.  It happened last fall with The Mammoth Book editor Trish Telep when she asked if I’d be interested in participating in a multi-author anthology. Fortunately for me, she didn’t accept my first reply, and when she asked again I decided to join several of my fellow Medical Romance authors, and many more fabulous authors from all genres, in contributing to the book.

We were given a word limit of 12K.  Having never written short before, except for a few short stories I wrote for Woman’s World magazine at lK (only one of which ever got published) I worried I couldn’t tell a well rounded story so quickly.  As it turned out, I decided to write three acts (or chapters) each highlighting a piece of the bigger story.

When the story begins Ellen and Adam Deed, both ER doctors, are married but separated.  My job in three chapters was to show the passion they still felt for each other, explain the reason they separated, and come up with a way to get them back together.  YIKES!

I went the dramatic route with IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE.  I tortured my characters by asking these questions: What one thing could tear a loving couple apart and make forgiving seem impossible?  What one thing could make Adam, a man devoted to his wife, family, and profession turn to drinking and lose hope?  What would it take for Ellen to finally forgive Adam and let him back into her heart?


I worried I’d bitten off more than I could chew undertaking their story, but somehow I managed to pull it off in 10K! Reading time approximately fifteen minutes or there about?


If you love the drama of the emergency room, if you want to succumb to completely addictive and highly contagious medical romances, if you like something short to read on your lunch break or before bed, then I hope you’ll check out THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF ER ROMANCE!


Mills & Boon contributing authors: Wendy S. Marcus, Lucy Clark, Sue MacKay, Janice Lynn, Dianne Drake, Tina Becket, Fiona Lowe, and Lynne Marshall.

Plus an International list of contributing authors: Karen Elizabeth Brown, Cassandra Dean, Sam Bradley, Julie Rowe, Alina Adams, Jacqueline Diamond, Abbi Wilder, Cynthia D’Alba and Patti Shenberger.

Seventeen ER romances for your reading pleasure.  Check out the book in US here

And in UK here

QUESTION FOR READERS: What is your favorite setting for Medical Romance?

Until next time, make it a great one!






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6 Responses to DO YOU LOVE ER ROMANCE?

  1. robena grant says:

    Ooooh, will have to get this one! I love ER romance best of all the medicals, outside of the country practice with the hunky brooding doctor. : ) I’ve taken to reading novellas lately and find them a refreshing change of pace. Especially when I want to read, but I don’t have the time to sink into a book that will take hours each day for several days.

    • Hey Robena – welcome to our private chat room! LOL.

      This was a fun project and it is a great primer for folks who might be interested in reading Medical Romance. I’d never met most of the authors before, though know over half of them, and it is inspiring to read the diversity of stories. I believe an e-book will soon be available, too.

  2. Dee J. says:

    Hey! Make room for me! I’m here too!
    You absolutely did what you set out to do!! I loved this story! You did a great job!

  3. It may be a while before I get to it, but get to it, I will.

    I love he challenge of writing different lengths and kinds of stories, and love the way you describe how you made this length work. Struggling a bit now with one that’s 1,000 WOL – sometimes it’s the short ones that kick my tail.

    • Hi Beverly,

      The hardest stories I ever wrote were geared for Woman’s World at 1K. Though I did manage to get one story published by them, (and they paid well for their short stories!) once they lowered it to 800 words, I gave up!

      Thanks for your support and reviews. I always trust them.