Rules, rules rules. Kinds useless, aren’t they? Take this story, for example…
Never Date a Doctor (Life Lesson #1) by Melanie A. Smith will release February 25 in the Adult, Contemporary, Romance genre.
What’s the first rule of nurse’s club? That’s right: Never date a doctor. Which Sasha Suvorin has no intention of doing anyway, since she’s a nurse at Rutherford Hospital by day and working on her master’s degree by night. Who has time for dating, much less dating someone you work with? Bad idea much?
That is, until the sexy British Dr. Caleb Thompson starts at her hospital. It also doesn’t help that he’s exactly her type with his dark hair, blue eyes, and rockin’ bod. Or that he’s not your typical arrogant and bossy surgeon. But Sasha isn’t so easily convinced, and she soon discovers Dr. Hottie has a past that puts a stop to whatever she might have been feeling before anything ever starts between them.
Unfortunately, working together means facing temptation. Every. Single. Day. Is Sasha strong enough to resist what might just be the perfect man? And if she gives in, will Cal’s past stay in the past? Sasha may be used to playing it safe, but life has a way of teaching its lessons … one way or another.
AUTHOR BIO:Melanie A. Smith is the best-selling author of The Safeguarded Heart Series and other contemporary romance fiction. Originally from upstate New York, she spent most of her childhood in the San Francisco Bay Area before moving to Los Angeles for college. After that, she spent almost fifteen years in the Seattle Area, and now lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas with her family.
A voracious reader and lifelong writer, Melanie’s writing began at a young age with short stories and poetry. Having completed a bachelor of science in electrical engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles, and a master’s in business administration at the University of Washington, her writing abilities were mainly utilized for technical documents as a lead engineer for the Boeing Company, where she worked for ten years.
After shifting careers to domestic engineering and property management in 2015, she eventually found a balance where she was able to return to writing fiction.
Melanie is also a Mensan and enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, and driving with the windows down and the stereo cranked up loud.
Is there anything else that keeps the series together beside the doctor/medical part?
Never Date a Doctor: A Life Lessons Novel is the first book in a series of medical romance standalones. While the hospital/medical portion is the backdrop for each book, it’s really the “Life Lessons” part that’s the overarching theme. And the great thing about life lessons is that there are lots of them. All the things our parents try to tell us that we end up having to learn the hard way. Though, really, what each book will do is take whatever “life lesson” the title suggests and turn it on its head.
For instance, one of my first ideas for the first book was to introduce an impediment to the main character getting together with her love interest (standard romance formula). And while workplace romances aren’t always forbidden by policy, I think most people know it’s not always the best idea. I can attest to that personally, having opted the route of learning that particular lesson the hard way. And that’s when it hit me – in real life we have all these lessons that we usually have to learn the hard way, but the joy of the romance novel is subverting reality. In other words, all those guys you know you shouldn’t date in real life you can totally “date” in fiction. So, in a sense, my books are disproving the titled “lesson” as can only be done in fiction. But that doesn’t mean my characters don’t learn lessons. They’re just not the ones they expected.
What does that mean? Well, mostly that the real lessons we learn in life aren’t the ones we expected to. I think it’s a big part of why I write romance. Not just because it’s emotionally satisfying, but because the process of finding “the one” is chock full of unexpected lessons, challenges, and growth that layer beautifully for a truly meaningful read.
The other thing I love about this concept is that it allows me to incorporate a different trope in every story. Book one: forbidden workplace romance. Book two: bad boy romance. Book three: billionaire romance. You get the idea. Because of that flexibility, I have a pile of ideas for the series that involve rotating the backdrop to different units within the same hospital to keep the characters and conflicts fresh so there’s opportunity to go in every direction imaginable. And each will have a lesson in the title that is overthrown by the actual lessons the characters learn. My only problem is I can’t write as fast as I can think of new ideas!
So look for books two and three later this year, and (hopefully) more to come after that!
This post is part of a Tour. You can find the schedule here (http://xpressobooktours.com/2019/12/05/tour-sign-up-never-date-a-doctor-by-melanie-a-smith/).
Giveaway:Tour-wide giveaway (INT)
- A peacock book sleeve by SewHappyStitchHappy, a peacock artmark by Bookartbookmarks, a “Book Boyfriends do it better” tote, and a signed paperback with matched bookmark
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