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When Laine Phillips left Uralla twelve years ago she vowed never to return. Now a world-famous photographer, Laine has two rules: not to mix business and pleasure, and to rely totally on herself! It's the only way to protect her heart…
But when Laine is forced to return to Uralla for a charity calendar shoot, the scorchingly attractive—and highly uncooperative—Dr. Pierce Beaumont begins to melt the barriers around her frozen heart! Laine's soon breaking both her rules…and falling for Dr. December!
Meet the Author Susanne Hampton
I am a mother of two beautiful daughters and still married to the man I met at eighteen. I live in Adelaide, the ‘City of Churches’ in South Australia. We have the most beautiful wine country about forty-five minutes from home and the beach is only a short drive away. Two dogs, three ducks and four chickens also call it home!
When I am not writing, reading, or tending to our near city farmyard, I work in State government but my earlier career began as a dental assistant. I had always suffered a fear of the dentist and so decided to meet it head on by working in the field. I believe that the unknown can act as the driving force behind fear, so if you know everything you can about whatever scares you then you will drastically reduce the fear. It worked. Even undergoing a root canal is no longer overly traumatic for me. I loved being in the dental surgery and I jumped at the opportunity to be in the operating theatre to observe a jaw reconstruction. Although nursing wasn’t to be my career path, I have always been fascinated by anything medical – books, television series, even movies with medical themes.
An incurable romantic for all of my life, I read romance novels, some based in Australia and others set in exotic faraway places. In my mid thirties, I put pen to paper and started to write my own stories based in my hometown, after all it was the setting I knew best. I finally mailed my first manuscript to Harlequin Mills & Boon. In order to stand out from the rest, I made the presentation of my manuscript romantic and memorable. I chose a large gold box, filled it with pink tissue paper and carefully place my manuscript inside. Then with an enormous pink bow tied around the box, I sent it on its way. It was rejected…however the rejection letter was lovely and commended me on my presentation.
Undaunted and determined to one day bring characters to life and write stories that provided readers with a rollercoaster ride of emotion before a happy ending, I joined the South Australian Romance Writers and Romance Writers of Australia. I learnt more about the industry and took writing classes to improve my writing skills. I returned to the medical world, temping as the personal assistant to the Clinical Director of Psychiatry, then returned to dental nursing before working in outpatient services for mental health.
In late 2006, I moved to the United States and lived in Los Angeles for two years. It was fast, glitzy and fun and brimming with interesting characters. These characters and the daily sound of ambulances racing around the city inspired me to write again and I met up with the Los Angeles Romance Writers Group.
When I finally returned to my quieter life back in Australia, I was more determined than ever to be a romance writer. I wrote at night and on weekends. My friends and family all knew about my dream. My husband bought me a stunning desk and bookcase where I displayed the books I loved and still hoped to one day to write. So again, I submitted a story. This story was about two doctors, Beth and Matthew. Beth was a feisty young woman who, tired of going unnoticed, bravely travels far from her home in the UK to Australia to forge her own way in the world. Matthew was a man who had been so badly hurt in the past that he had locked away his heart forever… until he met Beth! I loved the characters and their journey and I hoped when I sent it to Harlequin Mills & Boon that they would fall in love with them too.
In July 2013 I received ‘The Call’. I was offered a two-book contract with Harlequin Mills & Boon. Truly a happy ending… and a new beginning, with the release of my first book, Unlocking the Doctors Heart.
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