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Guest blogger: Wendy S Marcus

13 May 2012

Hello, Australian Romance Readers Association members! I’m so happy to be blogging with you today. For those of you who don’t know me, I’m one of the new authors in the medical romance line of Mills and Boon. My third book, The Nurse’s Not-So-Secret Scandal is out this month, but more about that later.

Today I’d like to talk about change. I’ll start off by saying I am NOT a big fan of change. (Especially as it pertains to my only son (my middle child) graduating from high school in June and leaving me to attend college in August, but that’s a topic for another blog post.)

I’m one of those people who find comfort in the familiar and routine. And yet I realise change is necessary for growth and progress, new opportunities and options. I am a huge fan of options. So I make every effort to embrace change when it comes, albeit at times under protest, with some complaining, and in extreme situations (like children leaving – I know, I’m a total sap) tears.

The publishing industry is changing at alarming speed. New publishers seem to pop up overnight. Authors can self-publish their books. Readers can click a button and a book pops onto their computer, e-reader or iPhone. I’m a huge fan of instant gratification, seeing a book, wanting a book, buying said book, and reading it within seconds, which would not be possible for me had I not embraced change, accepted e-books as the way of the future, and purchased a Kindle.

And as publishing is changing, so is the medical romance line of Mills and Boon, with a slew of new authors, telling new stories, introducing new types of characters and plotlines. Our stories take place around the world and are not limited to doctors and nurses in hospital settings. The wonderful thing about medical romance is there is truly something for everyone with heat levels ranging from sweet to sexy.

I write on the sexy end of the spectrum and my stories are edgy and fast-paced. I push the boundaries of medical romance with my storylines and characters. Whether you’re a long time medical romance fan or new to the line, I hope you’ll give my books a try.

Out in May 2012 is The Nurse’s Not-So-Secret Scandal, the third book in my Madrin Memorial Hospital series, although each book is written to stand alone. Here is the back of the book blurb:

Between family nightmares and a series of lousy men, nurse Roxie Morano’s life is a disaster zone. But enigmatic – and gorgeous! – new colleague Ryan ‘Fig’ Figelstein is ignoring her hazard warnings… Instead, he’s signaling his attraction!

Now Roxie’s bulletproof heart is at risk for the very first time. Dare she dream Fig will stick around when he discovers all her secrets…?

To read an excerpt and find links to some excellent reviews or for purchase visit my website.

So what do you think about change? Have you changed over to reading e-books? If so, what device do you read them on? Do you check out new authors or stick with your favorites? Two commenters will be chosen at random to receive a copy of the 2-in-1 UK edition of The Nurse’s Not-So-Secret Scandal, which includes a copy of Georgie’s Big Greek Wedding by Emily Forbes.

Thanks for stopping by!

You can find Wendy on:

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Two lucky people who comment on this post  will be chosen at random to receive a copy of Wendy’s The Nurse’s Not-So-Secret Scandal in the UK 2-in-1  edition.  This book also  includes a copy of Georgie’s Big Greek Wedding by Emily Forbes. Congratulations to Earth09 and Maggie Brooke.

21 Comments
  1. Mary Preston permalink
    13 May 2012 7:23 pm

    I’m not good with change either & even though my daughter convinced me to buy a Kindle I rarely use it. Most of the time I actually forget I have it. It’s a matter of creating new habits for me I think.

    I am looking forward to read “The Nurse’s Not-So-Secret Scandal”.

    • Wendy S. Marcus permalink
      14 May 2012 1:03 am

      Hi Mary!
      I read a mix of paperbacks and e-books. It took me a while to get used to reading on my Kindle but now I love it.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. 13 May 2012 9:49 pm

    I find that even if I’m reading an engrossing book on Kindle but as soon as I get a print book, I start on it! Then I read the Kindle book till very late at night with the help of its light!

    The Nurse’s Not So Secret Scandal is an awesome story and I loved it! I just saw the YouTube video about it! Fantastic!

    • Wendy S. Marcus permalink
      14 May 2012 1:06 am

      Hi Nas!
      Even with the Kindle’s light I find I still need another light to read at night. Thank goodness my husband can sleep through most anything!

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the YouTube video! I had no idea Flo was even doing it.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Amel Armeliana permalink
    14 May 2012 12:02 am

    Hi Wendy, thank you for this awesome giveaway.

    Honestly, for me, I prefer to read printed books than e-books. But there’s so many interesting e-books right now, and because I read e-books in my tablet then I prefer to read in epub format.
    The Nurse’s Not-So-Secret Scandal sounds interesting, I’d love to read it :)

    • Wendy S. Marcus permalink
      14 May 2012 1:09 am

      Hi Amel!
      I don’t know much about e-book formats. The main reason I chose the Kindle is that so many books are available on Amazon. But I notice that some books cost less if you buy them directly from the publisher’s website. I know I can do that by downloading the book to my computer and using the Kindle cord to transfer it on to my Kindle, I’m just not sure exactly how to do it.

      And I agree, there are so many intersting e-books out now.

      Thanks for stopping by!

      • 14 May 2012 7:27 am

        Wendy, google ‘Calibre’ and install it. Fiona Lowe put me onto it. When you’ll open it, you’ll have a library where you’ll be able to add books, then send to Kindle. You can even send your own WIP.

      • Amel Armeliana permalink
        14 May 2012 1:27 pm

        I’d love to read in kindle, but unfortunately, in my country, Indonesia, kindle isn’t populer yet and quite expensive. We prefer to buy a tablet, the most poluler tablet is from Samsung. We can read in PDF and Epub format in tablet, but first you have to download the application in android market and then install it. Sometimes I bought e-books in smashwords, because it provides the e-book in any format that you want.

  4. 14 May 2012 1:48 am

    Hi Wendy! I love your Medical Romances and my Nook Tablet as it enables me to download your stories–one day I hope they are also in print here in the USA because I love both mediums for different reasons. Just finished ONCE A GOOD GIRL and loved it.

    Best of writing to you!

  5. Wendy S. Marcus permalink
    14 May 2012 2:38 am

    Hi Christine!
    I’m so happy you enjoy my books. Medical romances are available in print in the U.S. but only directly from Harlequin.com. I bought my husband a Nook Touch and he loves it. I figured it was best if he had a Nook and I had a Kindle so we could have access to special deals on both Amazon and Barnes and Noble. But as it turns out, I don’t let him use my Kindle and he doesn’t let me use his Nook!!!

    Thanks for stopping by!

  6. 14 May 2012 9:39 am

    I eschewed ebooks until my own novel, ‘The Guided Tour’, was published as one. I travel a fair bit, though, and by then I’d noticed how many people use them so I bit the bullet, bought one and fell in love immediately. I got an ‘iriver’ because it was on sale and because it doesn’t lock me in like a kindle seems to.
    While I usually have to be dragged, kicking and screaming, to change, I often love it once it happens.
    cheers!

    • Wendy S. Marcus permalink
      14 May 2012 10:08 am

      Hi Maggie!

      Congratulations on the release of your book! Yes, Kindle does lock me in a bit. But I have heard wonderful things about Calibre, the program Nas mentioned above. I think I’ll look into it so it’s easier to buy books directly from smaller e-book publishers.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  7. 14 May 2012 11:13 pm

    Hi Wendy,

    I’m not great at change and yet, like you, I’m having it forced on me as my children launch out into the world one by one. I have no choice but to adapt. Sort of like the nurses in your novels. They change from the beginning of the story to the end in order to achieve their happily ever after. I’ll try to keep your characters in mind as I go forward into change and remember change can be good.

    • Wendy S. Marcus permalink
      15 May 2012 1:15 am

      Hi Regina!
      No choice but to adapt is right! And yes, change is good! Like your change from writer to published author. Can’t wait for your debut at the end of the month!!!

      Thanks for stopping by.

  8. earth09 permalink
    15 May 2012 1:11 am

    Hello Wendy, thanks for opportunity the giveaway. I never read a medical romance from harlequin or millis &boon, i read the excerpt and its very great 2 read ur book.:D
    i prefer to read in print book of course, but sometimes i get read on ebooks of course (pdf format). it could save my room from alots lots of book..(like a library.) LOL.

    • Wendy S. Marcus permalink
      15 May 2012 1:19 am

      Hi Earth09!
      I’m glad you enjoyed the excerpt for The Nurse’s Not-So-Secret Scandal. I have books – most keepers I don’t want to part with – piled high on the shelf of my headboard. There’s a mirror back there – at least from what I remember. I haven’t seen it in years because it’s totally blocked by books!!!

      Thanks for stopping by!

  9. aimskye permalink
    15 May 2012 1:59 pm

    Hi Wendy,

    It has taken me a while to get on the e-book train. No stopping me now! (Plus I was running out of room to store my paperbacks)

    Aimee

    • Wendy S. Marcus permalink
      15 May 2012 3:05 pm

      Hi Aimee!
      I was a little slow to get started with e-books, too. And storing books is a HUGE issue for me, too!

      Thanks for stopping by!

  10. Barb permalink
    15 May 2012 8:36 pm

    I love medical romances… I have a Sony ereader and have been using it for a while now…. DH can’t see how many books I have LOL and I have run out of space for paperbacks … like you I have a pile of books on the shelf of the headboard

    Barbara

    • Wendy S. Marcus permalink
      16 May 2012 12:53 am

      Hi Barb!
      Good point about DH not being able to see how many books we have on our e-readers! My Kindle is an addiction. It’s so easy to point and click and have a book pop up ready to read. But it’s so easy my credit card balances started to go up. Now what I do to control my spending is I buy Amazon gift cards and load them onto my account. When the gift card is used up I have to read everything I have before I buy any more.

      So far it’s working!

      Thanks for stopping by!

  11. Wendy S. Marcus permalink
    18 May 2012 10:43 am

    As soon as ARRA notifies me who the winners are I’ll be mailing out your books. Good luck everyone and thanks for visiting me!

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