It’s hard to believe that ten years have passed since my very first Harlequin Medical Romance, HER BABY’S SECRET FATHER, was published. I’ll be honest and say I cringed when I heard the title, though my working title wasn’t much better – Code Pink, Surprise! But isn’t that baby adorable?
It has taken many years to get used to Harlequin titles, but I’m thrilled to say I’m currently finishing up book #25 for them. Once you understand the “trope in the title” approach—meant for the readers who follow such things—the book titles make perfect sense.
Back in September 2006, when this book came out, the UK Medical Romance line published six books a month in Great Britain, but only four of those made it to the US Harlequin website for purchase. As the new girl, mine didn’t. I remember ordering 25 books from the UK website, only to have something go wrong and the books never made it to my door. I remember trying to explain that my books hadn’t arrived to a person on the UK side of things who clearly thought I was lying in an attempt to get more books. Talk about getting off to a bad start!
It wasn’t until February 2014 when Harlequin published the e-book version (Much better cover, don’t you think?) that the US audience had a chance to read it, and so far, over 4,200 US readers have!
So ten years later my little first book has been translated into French, Swedish and Finnish and has sold 57,000 copies worldwide. Not bad for a first book, eh?
This is my most current Medical Romance, WEDDING DATE WITH THE ARMY DOC, released in July. Where two imperfect people discover how perfect they are for each other. Learn about the GoodReads Giveaway here.
Watch for my October release, also featuring a military trained hero, and which is an indie book. Thank you Harlequin for giving me back the North American rights on this book—another book that never made it to North America for purchase—A SOLDIER’S SECOND CHANCE. It is set to release October 1st but is available for Pre-Order NOW! at a special discounted price!
Here’s the blurb:
She owes him the truth. He wants to get even. But that old chemistry keeps messing up their plans.
Thirteen years back Beck Braxton enlisted in the Army and left town, but not before asking his girl to wait for him. She didn’t. Now he’s part of the elite L.A.P.D. SWAT team and he needs a skills refresher course before he deploys next month as a National Guard Medic. Because of his crazy SWAT schedule, arrangements are made with the head ER doctor from St. Stephen’s Hospital to accommodate him. But there’s something suspiciously familiar about the drab nurse he’s assigned to.
January Stewart gave up being that bubbly, carefree girl who’d fallen in love with her high school bad boy when she was forced to make a painful decision all by herself. Thirteen years later, drastically changed by life both inside and out, she goes by the name Jan Ashworth and is harboring a huge secret. She has also been assigned to work with Officer Braxton. He may soon realize she’s the girl who broke his heart while he was deployed, but he doesn’t know the half of it.
Now forced to work together, the ER nurse with every last bit of twinkle and glimmer erased, and Beck, the former wild child turned police officer, must face their past and remember that special feeling that once sizzled between them.
In honor of my ten-year publishing anniversary, I’d like to give away a copy of HER BABY’S SECRET FATHER. I have a print copy (with yellow pages to prove how old it is) or if the winner prefers, an e-book version from Amazon.com. All you have to do is leave a comment about Medical Romance. Have you ever read one? Did you know it existed? If you’ve read one, are you a fan?
Until next time, make it a great one!