These days, I’m hanging out with the RWA Women’s Fiction authors. We’re in the middle of a month long Write-A-Thin challenge. After months of relative silence, with everyone holed up in their own little part of the world, the daily check-ins are fun. It’s like a bunch of women have gathered for coffee and we’re sharing our writing goal progress along with a few details of our personal lives.

Which is what Women’s Fiction is all about. Hmmm, this really gets me thinking about my WIP and how the “women connecting” factor comes into play. So while I’m mulling that over, let me introduce you to Julie Rowe, author of PLAYING DOCTOR, book 26 in the Bandit Creek series.

Julie Rowe has two books out with Carina Press: ICEBOUND and NORTH OF HEARTBREAK. Her third book with Carina Press, SAVING THE RIFLEMAN – a romance with medical elements set during the first world war – is due out on Oct 8, 2012. Julie’s first career as a medical lab technologist in Canada took her to the North West Territories and northern Alberta. She loves to include medical details in her romance novels, but admits she’ll never be able to write about all her medical experiences because, “No one would believe them!”

Dr. Abigail Westward has been home after two tours of duty in Afghanistan for about two months and she’s taken up an unusual hobby. A hobby that has the local sheriff scared stiff: tossing lit dynamite sticks into the still waters of Lost Lake. After locking her up for twenty-four hours, then a couple weeks later for forty-eight, the sheriff is getting desperate to find a way to combat Doc Abby’s explosive habit. He calls in a very special Doc-sitter, Jacob “Smitty” Smith, a fellow soldier of Abby’s and the only man who might be able to find out what was really going on with Bandit Creek’s doctor.

Smitty is in Bandit Creek for one reason and one reason only. He loves Abby, has from damn near the moment he met her in Afghanistan. He’s stayed at arm’s length until now because getting involved with anyone while on a combat mission is just plain stupid. But combat is over for both of them and he’s waited long enough. He wants her and he’ll play dirty to get her because he knows she’s hurting deep down in a place she doesn’t want anyone to see.

Seeing Smitty waiting for her on shore, Abby gives up the dynamite with little or no argument. It’s far too much fun to verbally poke at him and the sheriff, until she finds out he’s been hired by the town of Bandit Creek to ride herd on her. She’s resistant to the idea right up to the moment someone attempts to shoot her in the middle of town. Now she and Smitty have to figure out who wants to kill her and why before he’ll go, because if he stays she’s not sure she’ll be able to resist temptation. Smitty is her only weakness. He’s the one man she trusts absolutely, the one man she loves, the one man who knows her terrible secret.

She’s a doctor who’s guilty of murder.

Wow, intriguing huh? Check out the links below.

Read the excerpt from PLAYING DOCTOR, buy the book and join the Bandit Creek authors for the Facebook release party.

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