Spotlight & Giveaway: Intensive Care by Nicki Edwards

Posted January 22nd, 2015 by in Blog, Spotlight / 44 comments

Today it is my pleasure to Welcome romance author Nicki Edwards to HJ!

Hi Nicki and welcome to HJ! We’re so excited to chat with you about your new release, Intensive Care!


Please summarize the book for the readers here:

Intensive CareIntensive Care is a sweet romance set in a fictional regional town in New South Wales. It is a story of a city nurse (Kate Kennedy) who thinks escaping to the country might be the best way for her to heal her broken heart after her boyfriend cheats on her. Not long after moving to the country she meets gorgeous Irish Joel O’Connor and soon finds herself falling for him. Unfortunately, Joel is carrying around grief like a heavy bag ever since the loss of his fiancé, and he’s not looking for love. Not until an illness nearly takes his life do they finally realise their friendship could actually develop into love. It’s a story packed with warmth, heartbreak and hope. You’ll find lots of emotional

Please share the opening line of this book:

Kate Kennedy looked at her watch for what seemed like the millionth time. Could this day get any worse? She had been rushed off her feet the entire shift with a very unwell post-operative patient who had suffered a massive peritoneal bleed after his surgery…


Please share a few Fun facts about this book…

  • I was working in an intensive care unit when I wrote the book and some of the minor characters are actually based on my colleagues (with their permission of course!). Many of the medical stories are also loosely based on scenarios I myself faced as an intensive care nurse.
  • The influence for the fictional town of Birrangulla came from living for three years in a town in the central west in NSW. After twelve years of living away from the country I was desperate to go back and visit so I claimed I needed to go back for “research” purposes and enjoyed a lovely weekend not that long ago walking around town and pretending I was Kate Kennedy!
  • I consumed too much Pepsi Max and Cadbury Dairymilk chocolate during the writing of this book! Hence why I have to force myself to go running!


What was your working title for this book?

Funnily enough, the working title was Intensive Care, but I changed it countless times before Haylee and the team at Momentum decided, along with me, that Intensive Care actually worked best after all.


Thanks for blogging at HJ!


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“You’re going where?” Kate’s dad asked incredulously the next morning as Kate was finishing her porridge and preparing to leave the house.
He had clearly just woken up, his salt and pepper hair flat on one side of his head. He was wrapping the cord of his dressing gown around his portly stomach as he spoke.
She glanced quickly out the window. It was still dark outside and she wanted to leave before the sun rose. Kate had decided not to tell her parents about the job interview, planning instead on leaving the house before they woke. She was going to leave them a note to say she would be gone all day.
“Oh Dad, come on,” Kate replied, drawing breath before speaking again. “I’ve been living away from home for almost ten years. I think by now I’m probably old enough to make my own decisions.”
“But Kathryn”—it was Elizabeth’s turn to try to reason with her only daughter—“do you think you should be making rash decisions right now? It’s only been a month and it’s still such an emotional time for you. Perhaps it would be better to just have a little break and recover from this. Go away and have a holiday or something. Planning a move to the country isn’t something you should just do on a whim.”
“I agree with your mum, Kate. I know you love watching all those British Escape to the Country type shows on TV, but actually doing it is another thing entirely.”
“Dad, I’m so tired of living in Sydney. I need to get away. I don’t know, maybe a change of scenery and a change of pace is what I need.”
“But why so far away?” Elizabeth complained. “Surely you could have found a job on the outskirts of the city. Why do you have to move to the country? I don’t even know where this Birrangulla place is.” Kate heard the beginning of a whine in her mum’s voice.
Her dad let out a sigh and Kate saw the look her parents exchanged.
“A tree change is something I’ve always dreamed of,” Kate said.
“Well it’s the first I’ve heard of it,” Elizabeth huffed.
“I think you’re romanticizing the whole thing, Katie darling,” Michael said. “I think you’ll find it’s not all acres of rolling green hills and paddocks full of horses. This is Australia remember, not England. Moving to the middle of woop woop where you don’t know anyone won’t be as easy as you seem to think. It’s hard for an outsider to fit in, especially when you’re an outsider from the city.”
Kate knew her dad had her best interests at heart but she didn’t want to listen to his negativity. She tried to reason with them. “It’s not like I’ve even been offered the job! This is only a first interview. I just want to go and check it out, that’s all. You both know it’s not like me to be spontaneous. I’ve spent the last three years just doing whatever Marcus needed me to do while he established his career and look where it got me.” Kate lifted her hands and shrugged her shoulders for emphasis. “Maybe it’s time for me to take a chance and do something for me for once.”
“How about I come with you?” Michael suggested, standing up. “It won’t take me long to get dressed and ready.”
“Oh Dad.” Kate reached up and gave him a quick hug and a kiss on the cheek. “I need to do this on my own.”
She placed her empty bowl in the sink, rinsed it and placed it on the rack to dry, ignoring the looks she knew her parents were giving her behind her back. She grabbed her car keys and bag and headed for the door.
As she sat behind the wheel of her car she took a deep breath. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. She entered the address of the hospital into her GPS, chose her favorite playlist and settled back into the comfortable leather seat, prepared for the long drive ahead of her. Remembering her promise to her dad to stop every two hours for a break, she pulled away from the curb and waved out the open window at her parents who were standing side by side on the front porch watching her leave. The first rays of sunlight were just appearing on the eastern horizon as she headed west.


Book Info:

Escaping to the country was meant to be easy …

On the surface it looks like busy intensive care nurse Kate Kennedy has it all: a long-term relationship, a great career and a sleek inner city apartment. But appearances are deceiving, and in one fell swoop everything comes crashing down around her. In a moment of spontaneity, Kate leaves her city life and takes a new role as Nurse Unit Manager at Birrangulla Base Hospital, but her dream move proves harder than expected.

Local café owner Joel O’Connor finds himself increasingly drawn to the gorgeous new nurse, but like Kate, he’s been scarred by love and isn’t looking to jump into anything. Yet their chemistry is hard to deny and after a near fatal incident, Joel and Kate find themselves opening up to one another.

Just when Kate thinks she’s found love again, their fragile relationship is thwarted by their pasts. Can they both let go of their guilt and grief to move on to a bright new future?


Meet the Author:

Nicki Edwards25 years ago Nicki dreamed of becoming a nurse but got busy travelling overseas, getting married and starting a family. After her youngest child started school she returned to fulltime study and in 2011 she achieved her dream and has since been working in a number of areas including, most recently ICU. She has just started her latest challenge – working in the Emergency Department. Guess where the inspiration for her next novel is coming from?!
When Nicki is not nursing, reading or forcing herself to go running, she’s busy with her latest project. Writing. In January 2014 she woke up and decided life wasn’t busy enough so she set out to fulfil another lifelong dream – to write a novel.
Signed with Momentum Books, her debut book, INTENSIVE CARE, was released on 22nd January 2015. She is currently working on a follow up to INTENSIVE CARE, called EMERGENCY RESPONSE and has also written another medical rural romance called THE PEPPERCORN LEASE. Ideas for a third book in the Birrangulla series, called CRITICAL CONDITION are currently floating around in her head.
Nicki is a city girl with a country heart and if she could spend her days dressed in jeans and boots out on the farm surrounded by horses, she’d be in her element. Unfortunately, she doesn’t get to live her country dream. She resides in Geelong, Victoria with her husband Tim, their four teenage/young adult children, a spoiled burmese cat called Roxy, and Molly, the best Border Collie in the world!


44 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: Intensive Care by Nicki Edwards”

  1. Pauline Frost

    Being from the country and then moving to city I really enjoyed the open space and nature’s noises instead of city life

    • Nicki Edwards

      Pauline, I bet you must miss the country. What I miss is being able to see mountains in the distance and wide open spaces rather than houses. Good luck, hope you win a copy of Intensive Care!

  2. Suzanne

    Moving to the country entitles one to a slower and cleaner way of life one supposes. From a medical standpoint, more serious medical conditions such as trauma care go to the city hospitals. The country has its own community way of life and eventually everyone knows everyone. There is more personal exposure to one another in country living. The animinity of the city is lost.

    • Nicki Edwards

      There’s definitely lots of anonymity in the city and sadly I hardly know my neighbours. That saying, I’m sure lots of country folk would hate the fact that everyone knows everyone else and everyone else’s business in a small town!

  3. Nicole Ortiz

    I grew up in the city. I would say for a change of something different and wanting to be somewhere quiet and slow. The city life can be loud and fast.Thanks for the chance.

    • Nicki Edwards

      Isn’t it funny how us city folk all crave things to be slower and quiet. It’s like we realise there’s something really good about slowing down and taking things easy. Good luck Nicole!

    • Nicki Edwards

      Haha! I assume you mean ‘food’ because in the country it’s more organic. I love the whole paddock to plate movement. In Intensive Care, Joel is a cafe owner but he’s also starting his own organic farm complete with berry picking. Thanks for entering the competition. Good luck!

    • Nicki Edwards

      Your’re right Glam009. There’s something amazing about filling your lungs with fresh country air! And the smells of nature too!! Good luck. Hope you win!

  4. Trudy Dowling

    I would run for the country if I couldn’t find a little space of my own when needed it, and a public bathroom doesn’t count.

  5. marcyshuler

    I’ve never lived in a big city, always a suburb or medium sized town. I like the thought of small town life because you know everyone and people look out for each other.

    • Nicki Edwards

      Marchshuler I’ve only ever lived in a large city (Geelong) and a smaller country town which I modelled my fictional town of Birrangulla on. I loved living there, but I think I would love to go to an even smaller town too and live there. I love the idea that your neighbours become your friends and look out for each other. I think we miss the true meaning of community when we live in big cities. Good luck. Hope you win!

  6. Tammy Y

    Getting away from the traffic in the city. I am getting tired of all the closed lanes and street work here.

    • Nicki Edwards

      Oh so true Tammy. Traffic is never a problem in the country. Unless you’re waiting behind a herd of sheep or cattle being moved from one paddock to another along a country road! Good luck. Thanks for entering the competition.

  7. taswmom

    I think finding your significant other cheating on you might be a good enough reason. But there are any number of good reasons to try something new before settling down.

  8. doveknoll

    I was raised in the city and moved to the country as a teenager. At first the quiet and lack of neighbors was unnerving. I now love the country because of the wildlife and privacy. I’ve lived in a few small towns and they are hit and miss. Most are extremely friendly and welcoming but the others are really just a huge clique. If you didn’t grow up in them, they don’t welcome you into the fold. I can live in the city or country if I have yard for a garden. Lol

    • Nicki Edwards

      Interesting about the clique thing – that’s what I was trying to get across with Kate moving to Birrangulla. Even though it’s not a tiny rural town, people are still hesitant about new people like Kate coming to town. The funny thing, as much as I love widen open spaces, I can’t care less about gardens!

    • Nicki Edwards

      I can never decide if I’m a true country girl because there are some things I love about living in the city too! Thanks for entering the competition Linda. Good luck!

  9. belindaegreen

    I grew up on a farm so going to the country would be no hardship. I live in the city/suburbs now. I take every chance I can get to escape. I love the peace and quiet of the country.

    Thanks for the opportunity!

    Belinda G

  10. Pennie M

    I’m already a country girl (I live at the corner of no and where) but have lived in the big city and choose to NEVER do that again!

    • Nicki Edwards

      Best. Comment. Ever!!! “I live at the corner of no and where.” I might need to use that in my next book Pennie!!!! Hope you win a copy of Intensive Care.

  11. ndluebke

    A need to move at a slower pace and for some peace and quiet. Although it is a different kind of Quiet. A chance to be closer to nature. I know a lot of people who pull into our lone driveway, mention how peaceful it is here.

    • Nicki Edwards

      I think there’s something wonderful about pulling into a long driveway – that’s what I hoped to depict in Intensive Care. Kate’s country farmhouse is my dream house! Long driveway. Ah, sigh. Good luck with the competition.

  12. Leanna

    If I just needed a change of pace or more time away from people. I live in a city now and cannot imagine moving away.

    • Nicki Edwards

      Sometimes its nice just to escape to the country for a holiday – that’s the change of pace we city people need. Good luck.Hope you win the competition and enjoy reading Intensive Care.

  13. Cheryl Hastings

    I’m actually a suburban chick, so I think it’s the best of both worlds….being close to the city and the country.

  14. BookLady

    I would want to escape from the traffic and the constant noise. Beautiful scenery and the relaxed pace of life are benefits of living in the country.

  15. Glenda S. Hefty

    I grew up in the country and in truth have really never left it. Right now I live in my husband’s hometown but have the best of both worlds. We live on an acreage just barely in town limits…have cable, garbage pick-up, all the town services but still enjoy the benefits of the acreage where we are zoned to have animals if we should want to.

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