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Louisa George, The War Hero's Locked-Away Heart Giveaway!

We have NZ author Louisa George and she's answering my questions here today! She also is doing a giveaway of her latest release - THE WAR HERO'S LOCKED-AWAY HEART!

Hi Nas!

Thanks so much for inviting me back! I feel like I've come home! Ask away...

Nas: What do you love most about writing for Harlequin Medicals?

Louisa: I get to work in my pjs! It's a dream come true!

oh, I had visions of you lounging on a chaise lounger with feather boa and glass of champagne!





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Oh- I see, you mean the Medical line (silly me) .... I love how medicals encompass intense drama, family values, a range of sensuality for every taste, gorgeous hunky heroes and feisty modern day heroines. A bit like Grey's Anatomy in book form!

Nas: What do you think makes a good story?

Louisa: Tight pacing, great dialogue, humor and conflict (not petty arguing, but gut wrenching difficulties the hero/heroine have to overcome)

Nas: Do you write about exotic places in your books? – what is your ideal holiday destination?

Louisa: Is sub-tropical New Zealand exotic? I think so! I've also written about Italy (in my current release). I'd love to do more exotic settings. The book I'm writing at the moment is set in London.

My ideal holiday destination is usually the place I'm just about to visit! At Christmas we're taking a family adventure tour through Thailand, we get to kayak down the river Kwai, look after elephants and stay in a homestay in a Thai village- sounds pretty ideal to me!
Although, give me trip back to beautiful Fiji any time and I'd be in heaven!
 
Yes, Fiji is exotic and aren't I lucky to be living here?

 Nas: Anywhere you haven’t travelled you would like to go?

Louisa: So, so many places! Currently on my wish list I have New York, Cuba, Peru and Cambodia

Nas: What one item do you always pack when you travel?


Louisa: A good book! But this time I'll be taking my ipad which is filled with lots of amazing romances (including some wonderful medicals) to keep me happy!

Nas: Tell us a little about your current release …..

Louisa: I wanted to write a book about a damaged hero- a really brooding physically scarred man who carried guilt about something he'd done- and I wondered how he'd ever manage to forgive himself enough to live again. Enter Skye. Skye is a secondary character from Waking Up With His Runaway Bride and with her sweet bubbly personality she was the perfect foil to Adam's pain. But, as with all my books, there's a good balance between light and dark, plenty of humour and lots of sizzle!

Here's the official blurb:
Reaching for the stars-with Nurse Skye...
Aust/NZ Edition

Haunted by the ghosts of his fallen comrades, ex-army medic Adam Miller hopes to find salvation in beautiful Atanga Bay. Yet despite his intense attraction to feisty nurse SkyeWilliams, Adam's determined never to get close to anyone ever again. But with Skye by his side maybe it's time to put the past to rest for good...

This story takes place in New Zealand and Italy- two wonderful holiday destinations. Do you have any places you'd recommend I add to my bucket list? I'm giving away a copy of The War Hero's Locked-Away Heart to one commenter!
 
Thanks!
Louisa
 
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33 comments:

  1. Ronda, Spain is incredible.

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    1. Hi Smldada,

      Thanks for reading along!

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  2. Nice interview. I really like reading Medical Romance books and this book sounds very interesting. Thanks for the giveaway.

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    1. Hi Olga! Nice to see you here. So glad you enjoy Medical romance! Me too ;-)

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    2. Welcome to Romance Book Haven Louisa! I do hope you will enjoy chatting with all my friends here!

      Hi Olga!

      Thanks for reading! I love medical romances too!

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    3. Hi Nas! Thanks for inviting me! Having lots of fun here!

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  3. I almost choked on my Smarties at the first answer. But it's so true. We do get to write in our PJs. :)

    This sound like my kind of wounded hero, only he's a lot older than the ones I go for (I read YA and New Adult book).

    I would also love to visit Peru. It sounds amazing.

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    1. Stina! Smarties! Yum!! I loved writing Adam- yes, he's in his thirties, but he's such a tortured hunk!

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    2. I like the sound of visiting Peru one day Stina!

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  4. Hi there Smldada! I haven't really seen much of Spain- so thanks for the tip!

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  5. Great interview! I enjoyed meeting you, Louisa! :)

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    1. Hi Karen,

      Thanks for coming along to meet Louisa George!

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    2. Hi Karen! Lovely to 'meet' you too! Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. Fantastic interview ! I would suggest you visit Greece,the art and food (and the men of course lol) all sound like a fabulous time !
    Thank you for the give away!

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    1. Hi Desere!

      Thank you for coming along to read this post!

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    2. Hi Desere! Lovely to see you here! I've visited a couple of places in Greece and adored it- but there are so many gorgeous islands there I'd just love to explore (plus the lure of those men too!).

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  7. Hi Nas and Louisa. Loved the interview Nas :)

    Louisa, I loved this story and one of the reasons is because being from Auckland, NZ I could totally picture Atanga Bay the story refers to, infact I was ready to drive there. I could picture the motorbike accident because it's all too common on our gorgeous beach roads. I loved the NZ quips and I giggled my way thru other references that just made me feel great about living in a country as beautiful as ours.

    I usually stay away from NZ Authors because one of the reasons I read is to escape from my daily grind and I dont find Auckland as attractive and romantic as say Greece or Italy etc but I'm so glad I read this book, it made me love Home.

    I also loved the character of Skye. And from memory she had short hair? Not often you read lead female characters having short hair but Skye totally pulled it off.

    Loved it :D

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    1. Hi Tash! Thanks so much for all your lovely words! I'd love to know where you're from? (I took my inspiration for Atanga Bay from Waipu cove- do you know it?)

      And yes, Skye has short black hair- she started out as a 'goth' in my second book. I took a risk with her appearance because, as you say, heroines tend not to have short cropped hair (or pierced noses)- so I'm really glad you liked her as much as I did.

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    2. Hi Louise! Oh, no wonder I could picture it in my mind and felt the urge to drive home, I grew up in One Tree Point, which is next to Waipu and Ruakaka but as a community we all went to school together. What a small world. I have many a fond memory of Waipu Cove and Langs Beach. In my mind when I was reading I was kind of picturing Mangawhai but without the tourist spot it's now become with just miles of beautiful sand. I now live in the North Shore in Auckland, also covered in beautiful beaches, so similar to home but with a city feel I guess.

      Thanks for that behind the scene kind of story about Skye, it was a great risk. I cant think of the right words but Skye's personality really suited her hair style and nose piercing, I could totally picture her :)

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    3. Hi Tash! Gosh- small world indeed! If you know Waipu, you'll know Piroa falls too- which is where the waterfall scene is set.

      Oh, and I live on the North Shore too! LOL! (Probably neighbours! LOL)

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  8. Okay, I'm intrigued! I didn't realize there was a medical romance series and now I want to check it out. I'm writing a medical thriller with a romance going on too, so our genres are not so far off. BTW- I love the name Skye! Hope I win it :)

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    1. Hi Rose! Medical Romance is a huge seller across UK, Europe and Australasia, but not so much in US. I don't really know why it hasn't taken off there because medical shows like Greys are so popular. So, if you live in US you can only buy our books online- www.millsandboon.co.uk for our full listings.

      Good luck with your thriller!

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  9. I agree--I think that is a a great recipe for a good story too. :)

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    1. Hi Lydia! So glad you joined us here!

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  10. I agree about the makings of a good story line. That works for any genre!

    New Zealand is beautiful - a great setting for a romance!

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    1. Hi Sherry! Apparently there are very few original plotlines, so I reckon a good book is defined best by an author's 'voice' -personally I prefer a fast read with lots of emotion (humour and tragedy)!

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  11. Grey's Anatomy in book form sounds fantastic. It was great getting to know Louisa and her writing.

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    1. Hi Medeia! Thanks for taking the time to join us!

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  12. Ooh! New Zealand and Italy? Two places I WANT to visit!

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    1. Hi Jennifer! Thanks for coming over. Yes, two fabulous places. I'd love to go back to Italy again...and again....and again

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  13. I just know beautifully named Skye is the perfect tonic for battle-scarred Adam! Yay! Take care
    x

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  14. Hi Old Kitty! I knew it too, but they were trying their best not to get together! Sometimes you just have to give them a little push!

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  15. And the winner of my Book giveaway is.......MEDEIA!!!

    Medeia, send your address details to me at louisageorge32 (at) gmail (dot) com and I'll get the book in the post!

    Cheers! Louisa x

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