His Very Special Nurse

His Very Special Nurse

by Margaret McDonagh

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ISBN-13: 9781460359150
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 09/12/2016
Sold by: HARLEQUIN
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 713,970
File size: 700 KB

About the Author

I cannot remember a time when my nose wasn't buried in a book. My parents fostered my love of reading from an early age and I devoured everything I could get my hands on. I adored children's classics like the Anne of Green Gables series and The Secret Garden. I loved Enid Blyton's Famous Five and Secret Seven, the adventure books by Willard Price and the Sue Barton nurse books by Helen Dore Boylston. Most of all I loved the wonderful pony books that kept me entertained for hours on end...authors like Mary O'Hara, Ruby Ferguson and the Pullein-Thompson sisters. They inspired my dreams and fired my imagination. Then came more grown-up books, fiction and nonfiction, plus the escape to the world of Mills&Boon romances! I read avidly but always knew that I had to write.

Ever since December 2005, when I received the phone call telling me that Harlequin Mills&Boon were to buy my manuscript for their Medical Romance line, the months have flown by! It was a dream come true and one, after twenty years of writing novellas for My Weekly Story Collection and Linford large print, plus serials and magazine short stories for The People's Friend, I believed would never happen. I was stunned, tearful, in shock...and so excited! It took me a while to prize myself off the ceiling! My first Medical Romance, The Italian Doctor's Bride, was published in the U.K. in October 2006 and received a CataRomance Reviewers' Choice nomination. My second book, A Doctor Worth Waiting For, won the CataRomance Award in 2007.

Since then I have continued to develop a series of loosely linked Medical Romances set in the fictional rural Scottish town of Strathlochan and the surrounding villages, creating a real sense of community. A double bill of Strathlochan stories, The Emergency Doctor Claims His Wife and The Rebel Surgeon's Proposal were released in June and July 2009 respectively, and I have just finished my ninth Strathlochan story, Italian Doctor, Dream Proposal, which will be released in November 2009. And more Strathlochan stories are in the pipeline.

Before I return to Strathlochan, however, my first writing project for 2009 involves a welcome return to the wonderful Brides of Penhally Bay series set in Cornwall. The first twelve books were such a success that we are being allowed a return, and four new books will be released, one a month, beginning in November 2009. My contribution will be the fourth book, A Mother for the Italian's Twins. Due out in February 2010, this will be my twelfth Medical Romance.

All the Strathlochan stories are loosely linked, with familiar characters popping up again from time to time. It's a fictional world I hope readers will enjoy discovering as much as I love writing. I have chosen to stay with southern Scotland as the setting for most of my books because I love the feel of close-knit communities and medical professionals for whom caring is more than a job. As well as the natural beauty of the area, the people are wonderful, and I have loved the place since my very first family holiday there as a youngster. A long time ago!

It's a hard life having to sit and stare at a picture of a yummy man all day long and write romantic and sexy things about him! I have a great selection of photos to call on and on which I base a look or a mood or a trait for my characters. My disappointment at having to file the pictures away when the manuscript is done is only eased by throwing myself into the next set of characters and getting out a new hero photo to begin work on! And it is good to know that it isn't really goodbye-my characters will live on and reappear in future.

Although I have never worked as a medical professional, I have rather too much experience as a patient! I also have some very good friends working in various health fields who are extremely generous, providing any information I need and answering my endless questions. Having a passion for learning makes researching an involving pleasure and I love developing new characters, getting to know them and setting them challenges to overcome.

Romance writers are a terrific bunch of people. I feel very blessed because writing has brought me many joys and many special friends who have been so generous with their advice and so unstinting in their support. And I am honored to be sharing shelf space with some of my very favorite category romance authors whose books I have read and enjoyed and found an inspiration for so long. I am also so grateful to my wonderful editor for believing in me and for all her encouragement and support.

Aside from writing and reading books, my hobbies include listening to music, debating current affairs and watching sport, especially football (soccer), athletics, golf and motor sports. I hate cooking, housework and hot weather but I love the countryside, crisp autumn days and Innocent smoothies! I have a passion for animals and would love a whole menagerie, but at the moment my experiences are with the animals I foster. I sponsor six orphan elephants and a baby rhino with the fabulous David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Kenya (www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org). The elephants are called Lualeni, Kimana, Suguta, Shimba, Sinya and Dida, and the baby rhino is Maalim. I also sponsor Grendon, an orphaned orangutan baby in Borneo, and a puppy called Megan who is in training with Guide Dogs for the Blind in the U.K. Thank you very much for your interest in my books. If you would like to e-mail me, I would love to hear from you at margaret.mcdonagh@yahoo.co.uk.

Best wishes, Margaret.

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