It’s my pleasure today to welcome British but New Zealand based author Louisa George to MBB. Louisa writes heartwarming medical romances for Harlequin. Her latest book THE LAST DOCTOR SHE SHOULD EVER DATE is an innovative one – a medical romance set in the world of sports. After reading the book, I had questions to ask the author, so.over to Louisa….
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Thanks so much for inviting me to your blog again- it’s always so much fun to be here!
Louisa, you’re very welcome. You’re four books old now as an HM&B author. Your latest release is very unusual for a medical romance with regard to the fact that it’s set on a rugby pitch rather than a hospital ward. Did you set out deliberately to write a different type of book?
Four books! I can hardly believe it- this time last year I was celebrating my debut- what a year!
The hero of The Last Doctor She Should Ever Date, Zac Price, appeared (off page) in my first book, One Month To Become a Mum– his sister Jessie came back to New Zealand to locum at his practice while he was away…so when my editor asked me about Zac’s story I jumped at the idea. Our Mills and Boon editors are always encouraging us to explore all aspects of medical life- what are the trials and tribulations? What does it mean to be a doctor? It’s a profession that has a myriad of opportunities and I thought it would be fun to ride along with Sports Doctor Zac and see what his experiences were.
It’s different in setting, yes, but all the elements of a good romance are still there- emotion, conflict, sensuality, humor, the push-pull of attraction….
Are you interested in writing romances in different genres?
Yes! I started out very unsteadily with a historical romance (which will never be published as long as I draw breath) and I’m hoping to branch out into something new and exciting later in the year. But I will still write medical romances, I love them.
Did you have to do a lot of research for THE LAST DOCTOR SHE SHOULD EVER DATE, or are you familiar with the world of sports?
My husband is a sports doctor (and GP). He has worked with international teams in basketball, rugby and football (soccer). I also have two sports-mad teenage boys. So I didn’t need to do much research, to be honest. This is my world (not my story, but the reality I live in every day). New Zealand held the rugby world cup in 2011 (and won!) and I attended 7 matches and drank in the electric atmosphere. Millions of people across the globe watched these games with such passion and enthusiasm I thought it’d be interesting to explore what happens behind the scenes- and have a little fun too. I tried hard to make the story much more about the romance and just a little about the back room action.
Can you tell us a little something about your two main characters?
Sure thing. I wondered what it would be like if you were a sibling in a very famous family (like say, the Kardashians) and you didn’t WANT to be famous- what would life be like for you? If you’d been brought up in the headlines with a family who craved publicity, what would happen if you did something really dumb, felt totally humiliated and then wanted to live somewhere quietly? This was Daniella- one time IT girl who made a big mistake.
Zac has his own demons- he also made an error of judgement once and that nearly proved to be fatal for someone close to him. So now, while he loves to get close, he doesn’t do personal. So an undeniable attraction to his boss’s daughter rings all the alarm bells.
We were delighted to notice that one of those glamorous sisters was called Desere, like our reviewer at RBH. It’s a gorgeous name, isn’t it? And please tell us, what’s next for you, Louisa.
I have a July medical romance release, How To Resist a Heartbreaker. This is a duet written with the amazingly lovely and talented Sue Mackay. For those who don’t know the terminology, a duet is two books where the stories are related in some way- in our case we have two brooding duelling identical twin brothers who are surgeons working in the same hospital. (So yes, I’m back to a more traditional medical setting !). I have no back cover blurb to share yet- but will try get hold of some and share as soon as possible! Suffice to say, stubborn Max and feisty Gabby have a heck of a challenge to let themselves fall in love….
Once again, thanks for having me!
Thanks for sharing Louisa. I look forward to the next book coming from you.
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THE LAST DOCTOR SHE SHOULD EVER DATE
A mistake waiting to happen?
It’s been four years since infamous party girl delectable Daniella Danatello brought her powerful family the wrong sort of publicity! Dani’s desperate to get back in their good books, and accepts a job as a physiotherapist on her father’s rugby team.
There’s just one thing- one man- standing in the way of earning back her self-respect: the team doctor, Zac Price. With killer abs and infuriatingly sexy arrogance, Zac is one massive distraction- and now she’s his colleague, any involvement with him would break all the rules. Dani’s determined to keep away…but Zac’s just too tempting to ignore…
Currently available in print and digital in the UK and Ireland, Australia and New Zealand, Available in USA only as digital release.
Giveaway: Louisa is giving away a free copy of the book to one lucky commenter. The winner will be announced on Wednesday. So please remember to leave a comment before you go……