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Oct
08

Meet guest blogger, Fiona Lowe

It’s so cool to be over here at the Desirabelles blog, so thank you for inviting me!!

I’m Fiona Lowe and I write for Harlequin Mills and Boon Medicals. There! I’ve said it 🙂  I’ve admitted my addiction… everything to do with romance and Medicine and wrapped up in the glorious colors of the Australian outback.  There’s something about health professionals in far flung places working for the greater good that I find really romantic. They face all sorts of hardships both professionally and personally but their love for the people and the place keep them there.

The outback is a place full of challenges but the big two would be the heat and the isolation. Things we take for granted in the city are not automatic in the bush ranging from no internet (yes, shock horror!) to the more serious lack of access to health care. 

My current book, The Playboy Doctor’s Marriage Proposal is my second story set in the outback town of Warragurra, and on a nearby outback station.  Take one country nurse with bright pink hair, raised with five brothers and who can shoot pool and hotwire cars. Put her on the same page as one sibling-free urbane citified doctor without who has never got his Italian leather shoes muddy, and watch the sparks fly between them. But no matter what is going on, one thing never changes….they’re professionals through and through.

Everyone has their own reading faves…my son loves fantasy, my husband enjoys a good crime story but I like a bit of real life tinged with hope and I think that is why I write Medical Romance.  I get to create entire towns and cast them with all sorts of people, and pull in some real life grit . But I can also sprinkle it with fairy dust at the end to give them their own “happy ever after.”

What type of stories do you enjoy most?

Fiona Lowe loves Australia and infuses her books with all things quaint to ‘down under’.   You can buy her books on shelf in Australia and NZ, and online from Mills & Boon UK, Amazon CA and UKHer current release, The Playboy Doctor’s Marriage Proposal is available Down Under and from Amazon CA right now.  Visit her at her website and blog.

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37 Responses to “Meet guest blogger, Fiona Lowe”


  1. 1 Avi J
    October 19, 2008 at 8:46 am

    Hi Fiona, I like romance from the desire line as well as historical and now more recent medical. I loved your book a wedding at Warragurra ( l hope l got the name right). In historicals, Nicola Cornick and Michelle Styles are my favourite authors.

  2. October 19, 2008 at 9:17 am

    Hi Fiona! Welcome to the blog 🙂 My reading tastes are eclectic – I love to change it up!

  3. October 19, 2008 at 10:21 am

    HI, Avj,
    Thanks for calling by on a sunday 🙂 I’m just getting going myself after an unusual sleep in. I enjoy historicals as well, especially Laura Kinsale.
    I’m so glad you enjoyed A Wedding in Warragurra…yes you got the name right 🙂 While I was writing it, I needed a reason why Kate was coming back to work and Emily bounced right onto the page and right there demanded her own story! I hope you enjoy it…she’s a completely different person from Kate.
    Cheers
    Fiona

  4. October 19, 2008 at 10:22 am

    Hi, Nalini,
    Eclectic eh? Me too. I love to roam across all sorts of genres but not horror or crime.
    Enjoy your sunday.
    Cheers
    Fiona

  5. October 19, 2008 at 11:06 am

    Hi, Fiona and welcome to the DU Desirabelles blog. Tis lovely to have you as our guest. I can make you coffee or tea; unfortunately I’ve eaten all the chocolate. 🙂

    As for reading taste, I’m a bit of a roamer as well. Love anything with characters who bring me into their world and their problems; love what I learn from visiting the diverse worlds (not only places, but lifestyles, jobs, family dynamics, complete worlds.) I love pace and tension; fab descriptive writing; in romance I love a clash of opposites. IOW, not a genre in particular, but the writing.

    Bron

  6. October 19, 2008 at 11:07 am

    Hi Fiona,

    I’m another reader with wide tastes. Romance and lots of it please (sexy, historical, sweet and more recently some medicals) as well as other fiction, history and biography. I’ve been enjoying your medical stories ever since your first one and can’t wait to delve into the pages of ‘The Playboy Doctor’s Marriage Proposal’.

    I think what I enjoy most in romance is a story with believable characters I can relate to, overcoming real hurdles to achieve a future together. That sense of overcoming the odds and finally working together is so affirming.

    Annie

  7. October 19, 2008 at 11:21 am

    Hi, Bronwyn, Thanks for having me and yes I’d love a cuppa! Number one son had promised to bring me one but I think he must have got side-tracked…how unusual for a 14 year old 🙂

    Yes, I agree with you about the writing. Great writing can take me into worlds I thought I wouldn’t want to visit. Keri Arthur did that with her paranormal fiction. I ventured in a little tentatively but her great writing hooked me right in.

    Cheers
    Fiona

  8. 8 Sharon
    October 19, 2008 at 11:23 am

    Hi Fiona and Desirabelles!

    How lovely to be able to pop in on a leisurely Sunday morning to say hello — though I’ve just looked at the time… mmmm, where did my morning go! 🙂

    I like to read a bit of everything, too, and I have a strong preference for a satisfying ending — so romance, with its happily-ever-after, is my out and out favourite read.

    Fiona, I loved Emily and Linton’s gorgeous story. Well done!

    🙂
    Sharon

  9. October 19, 2008 at 11:25 am

    Annie, lovely to see you here! Thanks for your kind words about my stories. For eveyrone else reading, Annie hooked me into the Presents World with her fantastic Sheik stories…Arik won me over 🙂 I enjoy reading about believeable characters put in worlds that are completely foreign to them…that creates great tension.
    Cheers
    Fiona

  10. October 19, 2008 at 11:29 am

    Ohhh, big wave to my mate, Sharon Archer who has just sold her first Medical Romance to Harlequin. I can’t wait to read it!! 🙂

    Cheers
    Fiona

  11. October 19, 2008 at 11:37 am

    Hi Fiona

    Good to see you ‘guesting’ in on the DU Desirables site.

    I will read anything lying around, except biographies. They give me the willies… So whats beside my bed in the TBR pile: apart from all the wonderful Aussie authors across the lines,whom I buy constantly (having just cried my way through, then smiled at in the end, was the latest Amy Andrew’s), Sell the Pig and Buy Me Out – Ben Aldiss, Spiderwick Chronicles, Duet – Kimberly Freeman and many others.

    But I think I’m a very forgiving reader, as I always try and finish a book, no matter how its going I want to see how it all pans out in the end.

    Enjoy your Sunday, and I hope your son eventually remembers him Mum’s tea.

    Bye 4 now
    Tina

  12. October 19, 2008 at 11:55 am

    Hi Fiona!

    Imagine me, California city girl, finding my way down under! Thank you for an enjoyable blog. I love your set up for conflict in this book. Nothing like a lady with pink hair who can hotwire a car getting to suave sexy doctor. As you do, I love to read Medical Romance, but also enjoy most of the category lines. I am a Romantic Suspense fan, but I love a good old fasioned romance to revive my waning outlook from time to time.

    Looking forward to this book!
    Lynne

  13. October 19, 2008 at 12:11 pm

    HI, Tina,
    Thanks for stopping by. The Spiderwick Chronicles…great film too 🙂 I am reading The Floods at the moment… a series DS2 age 10 is enjoying so I thought I better find out what he is chuckling at.
    Cheers
    Fiona

  14. October 19, 2008 at 12:13 pm

    A big wave across the Pacific to Lynne:-) This was a fun story to write because Emily and Linton on paper really do not belong together but a strong woman who challenges a man who basically had everything else on a silver platter makes for an interesting journey!

    Suspense and I don’t mix because I get panic attacks just watching Rear Window!! I am hopeless..
    Cheers
    Fiona

  15. 15 azteclady
    October 19, 2008 at 12:39 pm

    Hi, Fiona!

    I read romance, mystery, some science fiction and fantasy… but my favorite genre would be romantic suspense. When it’s well done, it just sucks me right in.

    The only genre I avoid completely is horror–in books or movies. I don’t enjoy being scared. The only reason I enjoy romantic suspense is that I know things will end well–without that reassurance, I just wouldn’t read it.

  16. October 19, 2008 at 12:47 pm

    Here you go Fiona. Bron puts down tea tray, lemon and milk on the side, several choices of sweeteners. Um, there *was* biscotti, but…um…would you believe the dog ate it?

    Hello to everyone spending a little of their Sunday (or Saturday for Lynne) with us.

    Sharon Archer. Nice.

    🙂

    Bron

  17. 17 Rachel
    October 19, 2008 at 1:09 pm

    Hi Fiona,

    I like variety as well. I think it’s because I have a short attention span. As soon as I’ve read an historical, I want a Desire. As soon as I finish the Desire, I want a Single Title. When I’ve finished that, I want a medical… You see the pattern? 🙂

  18. 18 limecello
    October 19, 2008 at 1:51 pm

    Hi Fiona,

    Thanks for visiting with us! LOL I kept checking the blog this morning, then :X it slipped my mind, and now the post is up and comments have exploded!
    As for what types of stories do I enjoy most? I have a weakness for friends-lovers. And secretary-boss (I absolutely don’t understand this one because I think it’s so skeezy in real life. Maybe it’s because the guy finally sees the woman for how fabulous she is?) Then… there’s the love triangle. I know for a while it was overdone and a lot of people dislike it, but I missed that period and I love it.
    Otherwise – like people said – I really enjoy the Desire and Blaze lines. Presents as well, so that’s probably rather indicative of my tastes. Maybe. I also like a number of MIRA, HQN, and special edition/release books.

  19. October 19, 2008 at 2:38 pm

    Hi Fiona! Lovely to see you here.

    Any book that’s well written with characters I can empthatise with and fall in love with, and see them to a satisfying conclusion is it for me. I love romantic suspense, I love a touch of the paranormal, although leaning more to the psychic side than the vamps etc. That said, I’ll go through stages where I’ll read screeds of vamps or shapeshifters and then switch to historical novels and back to category. I love variety but my reading is pretty much all romance related, or how to write a better romance for myself! 😉

  20. October 19, 2008 at 2:40 pm

    LOL, Rachel, your comment is VERY reassuring as it sounds just like me. I like variety and if I read too books back to back by the same author I never enjoy the second one as much so I have learned to read different styles before returning to faves.
    Cheers
    Fiona

  21. October 19, 2008 at 2:43 pm

    Hi, Limecello,
    I heard an interview on the radio the other day as a woman is doing her PhD on relationships in the workplace and was looking for “subjects” to interview. Loads of people rang or texted the station with positive stories and when you think of how much time we spend at work it seems reasonable to think we might meet our soul mate. Perhaps that is why the workplace romance stories work so well…we can see that it can work.
    Thanks for sharing your reading joys.
    Cheers
    Fiona

  22. October 19, 2008 at 2:44 pm

    Bron, THanks for the tea! I really appreciated the lemon:-) BTW, if anyone needs lemons I have two huge trees just dripping with them…..

    Yvonne, I bought a HEAP of ‘how to’ books at the Melbourne COnference….I just need to OPEN them 😉

    Cheers
    Fiona

  23. October 19, 2008 at 2:45 pm

    Wow, it’s all happening here. And if anyone wants to hear Fiona’s call story and find out a little bit more about her, come by Romance Bandits where she’s also blogging today (clearly she’s a woman in demand!). That’s http://romancebandits.blogspot.com

    Oh, and she’s giving away a copy of THE PLAYBOY DOCTOR’S WEDDING PROPOSAL there too! Good luck!

    I love all sorts of stories. Honestly, if it’s a good story, it can be about anything. AVJ, I love Nicola Cornick’s stuff too. Just read her latest UNMASKED which was fantastic! I think, though, my absolute favourite would be a big juicy historical. There’s something to be said about being swept away to another world!

  24. October 19, 2008 at 4:38 pm

    Hi Fiona,

    I love reading stories that take me to a different part of the world. That’s why I loved your A Woman To Belong To so much and Kelly Hunter’s Sleeping Partners.

    Mostly, apart from medicals of course, I reads rom com stuff. Have just finished 2 Rachel Gibson’s which were fab. But I do like anything from crime to biographies it’s just my time is soooo limited 😦 – hence my tottering TBR pile.

    And thanks to Tina for your lovely compliment about Top-Notch Surgeon. I think I’m making everyone cry with that book….

  25. October 19, 2008 at 6:27 pm

    Amy, thanks for calling by!
    I was in Target yesterday and everyone had 6 books on shelf and you had three….great cover!!

  26. October 19, 2008 at 6:51 pm

    Hi Fiona,
    You do get around 🙂 Nice to see you here. As you know, I love category romance, though I do read single title and mainstream. When not reading romance, I like suspense and crime novels. But category romance is my fave. Just look at the line up of wonderful authors who have come in to say hi to you here – most are my faves (and many are friends 🙂 Lucky me! Big wave to all of you!
    Hugs
    Serena
    xx

  27. 27 Jane
    October 20, 2008 at 5:55 am

    I love reading revenge stories. I also enjoy romantic suspense and murder mysteries. The gorier the better.

  28. October 20, 2008 at 7:34 am

    Hi Fiona,
    congrats on the release of TPDMP.
    I love romance, and I also love YA, fantasy and science fiction.
    And biography, and history … and oh dear just about everything except sports memoirs.:-)

  29. October 20, 2008 at 9:46 am

    Jane, gory stories eh? Fiona shudders. But the world would be a boring place if we were all wussies like me 🙂

  30. October 20, 2008 at 9:47 am

    Anna! Great to see you here. I’ve recently reread THe Shadow and the Star by Laura Kinsale….love that story.

  31. October 21, 2008 at 9:45 am

    Hey Fiona! I’m a sucker for category reads – Desires (well, of course!), Presents, Sweet, Supers, and you simply can’t go past a good Medical. I’m really looking forward to reading your latest. 🙂
    Mainstream reads…I love mystery and crime and, yes, timetravel/horror/fantasy. After buying it, I don’t know how long ago, I’ve just finished ‘Year of Wonders’ by Geraldine Brooks, who, I didn’t realise, is an Aussie! It was an amazing story.

    Yes, Bron, doesn’t Sharon Archer sound *fabulous*!

    Robbie

  32. 32 Sandra
    October 21, 2008 at 1:28 pm

    Hi Fiona – great to see you here. Like so many others I read really widely. Romance of any kind is always my first pick be it short or long, sexy, sweet, historical, suspense or paranormal. I love people overcoming the odds to earn their happy ever afters. I’ve just this weekend read Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase which made the normally tedious wait at the airport for a flight and the flight itself just ‘fly’ by. My only problem with reading is that despite my readiness to completely ignore the housework in favour of reading my TBR pile still keeps getting bigger and bigger.

    Sandra

  33. October 21, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    Hi guys! ::Paula rushes in from the plane, a little bit winded:: Just got back from a week in Surfers, celebrating soon-to-be-8-yo’s birthday and getting a wee bit burnt from the summer sun 😀

    Nice to have you here, Fee! I’m a bit like Nalini and Rachel – all over the shop when it comes to reading 🙂 Just thoroughly enjoyed Silent in the Grave by Deann Raybourn which is a departure from my urban fantasy streak ATM, LOL. THe only non- romance author I allow to scare me is Dean Koontz, who is simply a master of understated terror. Brilliant.

    And Sharon, I hope we get to see a website up and running soon, eh? ::wink wink, nudge, nudge::

  34. 34 Patricia Cochran
    October 22, 2008 at 12:42 pm

    Hello, to Ms. Fiona and all the Desirabelles,

    Better late than never ever! I’ve been a reader of Harlequin “Australian” Romances since
    the early days of billabongs and outback stations with countless numbers of cattle. Now
    I’m looking forward to returning to Australia via your latest medical book! Thanks for
    renewing the memories!!

    Pat Cochran

  35. October 23, 2008 at 5:59 am

    Paula! Your little guy is soon-to-be-8! Unbelievable. Where has the time gone. Remember rooming together in Brisbane when you were pregnant?

  36. October 23, 2008 at 6:23 am

    oh, Lordy, Yvonne, I remember – first time I met you and I was huuuuge and extremely ill :b At least I was warm from all that insulation 😀 Our conference is back in Brisbane in 09, too and look what’s happened in 9 years!

  37. October 24, 2008 at 8:41 am

    It’s sure been a busy few years! 🙂 I wonder what the next bunch will bring?


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