Thursday, July 31, 2014

I Need a Hero (plus book giveaway)

by Narelle Atkins

When I was writing the proposal for The Nurse's Perfect Match in October 2012, I needed to create a fictional hero for the third book in my Snowgum Creek series. I knew my heroine was Megan, Jack's sister and Kate's best friend from Falling for the Farmer. 

Who was the perfect hero for Megan, my free-spirited heroine who traveled the world and wouldn't settle down in one place?

A contemporary romance hero needs to be larger-than-life, and able to metaphorically slay the dragon by overcoming enormous obstacles to win the girl. 

I love this scene from Shrek 2, where Shrek overcomes the evil schemes of the Fairy Godmother to achieve his happily-ever-after romantic ending with his beloved, Princess Fiona. 

I wrote the first few chapters of The Nurse's Perfect Match and discovered Luke, a handsome doctor who wowed me from his very first scene with Ben and Amy at his Snowgum Creek Medical Clinic. 

Luke leaped off the page and straight into my overactive imagination as my hero for The Doctor's Return. Luke was Megan's first love and they grew up together in Snowgum Creek. He was also Ben's younger brother and Amy's boss from The Nurse's Perfect Match.

Megan Bradley Is Putting Down Roots 

After years spent traveling the globe, she never expected to be back in her hometown sharing an office with her former sweetheart, Dr. Luke Morton. Megan is focused on building her business, and doesn't have time to dwell on past mistakes. But she can't ignore her feelings for the handsome doctor who works down the hall. 

Luke is afraid to trust his heart to Megan, knowing she may not stay for long. But as they work together, their romance quickly rekindles. When a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity comes her way, Luke must free Megan to choose between a big-city career or love and family…right there in Snowgum Creek.

NARELLE ATKINS writes contemporary inspirational romance and lives in Canberra, Australia. She sold her debut novel, set in Australia, to Harlequin's Love Inspired Heartsong Presents line in a 6-book contract. Her debut book, Falling for the Farmer, was a February 2014 release, followed by The Nurse's Perfect Match in May 2014, The Doctor's Return in August 2014, Her Tycoon Hero in November 2014, and Winning Over the Heiress in February 2015.

Narelle blogs regularly with Australasian Christian Writers and Inspy Romance. 

She is also a co-founder of the Australian Christian Readers Blog Alliance (ACRBA). 

Twitter: @NarelleAtkins


To celebrate the official release of The Doctor's Return tomorrow in ebook format and on August 5 in print, I'm giving away one print copy (worldwide, wherever The Book Depository delivers) to a reader who leaves a comment on this post and enters the Rafflecopter giveaway below.

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  1. Hi Narelle,
    Congratulations on your 3rd book! Don't you love re-cycling characters from another book? Such fun!

    Enjoy release day! My first one is next Friday!


  2. Hi Sue, Congratulations on your debut book release next Friday! I'm so excited for you - enjoy celebrating :) Thanks for stopping by and good luck in the drawing!

  3. More congrats coming your way!!!

    1. Thanks, Rita :) I appreciate your encouragement and support.

  4. Exciting news, Narelle! Wow, book 3! It's cool how the characters weave in and out of the different stories.

  5. Hi Sara, I love series books, especially in the romance genre, because they provide an opportunity to visit with characters from previous books :)

  6. What fun! Huge congrats on your new release. I love it when we get to revisit characters. :D

    1. Hi Sandra, It's fun writing and reading series books :) Thanks for your congrats.

  7. The book looks amazing and I love the cover! thanks for the chance :)

  8. Hi Celeste, I agree, Heartsong does great covers :) Thanks for stopping by and good luck in the drawing!